A man in Ohio is facing serious charges after he made threat online to kill President-elect Donald Trump on election day. He is now looking at a federal prison term of five years if found guilty, reported The Post
According to NBC News, Zachary Benson, 24, told officials he had posted the threatening statement on his Twitter account on Nov, 9. Benson was held on $20,000 bond in Cleveland’s US District Court where he also refused to have a preliminary hearing.
“I hate you all. I want to bomb every one of your voting booths and your general areas,” reads the criminal complaint.
Shortly after, Benson Twitted, “My life goal is to assassinate Trump. Don’t care if I serve infinite sentences. That man deserves to decease f***ing existing.”
According to the criminal complaint Benson was very apologetic when interviewed by Secret Service agents, stating he took to social media only after he had a “couple of drinks” with friends and family on November 9.
The criminal complaint reads, “Benson was in his room later in the evening watching the election returns when he decided to post the threatening statements.”
The morning following the elections Benson realized he had “went too far” and decided to delete the post, he told agents.
Benson informed agents that, “he never intended any harm to anyone and would not want anything to happen to Trump or the general public despite his threat about bombing ‘general areas’.”
Spokesperson for US Secret Service refused to comment on the incident but did say that the Agency don’t not “provide information regarding protective services.”