Man Who Told FBI of Plans to Kill President Obama Sentenced to Time Served
By Steve Neavling
A Massachusetts man who told the FBI of plans to kill then-President Obama was sentenced to time served and five years of supervised release.
Masslive.com reports that Andrew O’Keefe was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Boston on Thursday to six months of time already served.
In May 2o15, O’Keefe boldly contacted the FBI using an online anonymous tip page to say, “I’m planning to kill President Barack Obama, and I’ve got a really good plan.”
O’Keefe used his Social Security number to sign in to the tip line.
“Have the Secret Service give me a visit. I could use some company,” O’Keefe wrote in the post.
O’Keefe apparently displayed signs of questionable mental health, telling authorities that he first needed to eat something so that he would have “enough energy” to survive being shot by police. He also apparently told them that words have no meaning and are “myths.”
Eventually, he peacefully surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody.
During court proceedings, O’Keefe’s lawyer characterized him as “a bright … college graduate who seems to be experiencing some emotional problems.”
Previously, Secret Service Special Agent Fred F. Mitchell III had also stated that O’Keefe had “mental health issues” and noted that he had been previously charged with weapons offenses in state court.
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