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Man Accused of Sending Obama Death Threat to Police


Stanley Scott Viner, 38. Police photo.

Florida man Stanley Scott Viner was reportedly angry at a Lee County Sheriff’s deputy. Viner, 48, says he was arrested and had his backpack confiscated by police–deputies say this didn’t happen. So Viner did what any rational person in his situation would do: he allegedly emailed the Sheriff’s office a vulgar, expletive-ridden email threatening to kill the entire Sherriff’s office staff and President Obama. He also allegedly threatened the wife and children of the deputy he had a beef with. In the email, authorities say Viner referred to himself as “God.”

He was arrested and charged with intimidation by sending a threat to kill or injure and with threatening a public servant. The Secret Service were notified of Viner’s alleged threats toward Obama.

Threatening the president is never taken lightly. Last fall, Alabama man Jarvis Britton was taken into federal custody for allegedly threatening the president. Britton had allegedly written a series of Tweets aimed at Obama, including  ”Free speech? Really? Let’s test this! Let’s kill the president!” and “I’m going to finish this, if they get me, they get me! #ohwell. I think we could get the president with cyanide. #MakeItSlow.” Britton pleaded guilty in March and is due to be sentenced June 20.

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