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Man sent to prison for threatening Obama

The Charlotte man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama during the Democratic National Convention will spend six months in prison.

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced Donte Jamar Sims, 22, to the prison term plus one year of supervised release for threatening to assassinate Obama in statements he posted on his Twitter account.

Sims was arrested in September after the U.S. Secret Service found five threatening statements on Twitter from the user name “@DestroyLeague_D.”

Records obtained from Twitter through a search warrant showed the account was registered to Sims, according to court documents.

In October, Sims pleaded guilty in a deal with federal prosecutors that could have allowed him to avoid prison.

But Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Conrad chose to send Sims to prison anyway to show “the seriousness of the offense and the need for the sentence to promote a respect for the law,” according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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