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Melbourne Man Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison For Threatening To Kill The President

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Orlando, Florida - U.S. District Judge John Antoon, II sentenced Christopher Castillo (28, Melbourne) today to 15 months in federal prison for threatening to kill the President of the United States. Castillo was convicted by a federal jury on February 5, 2013.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Castillo posted the following threat on Facebook, "that's the last straw, if he gets re-elected I'm going to hunt him down and kill him watch the life disappear from his eyes." Later, after someone informed him that threatening the President was a federal offense, Castillo "doubled-down" as the witness described, by posting, "I wouldn't call it a threat but more of a promise, let them come after me...Be more than happy to take a few of them with me."

A witness reported the threat to the United States Secret Service and law enforcement officers subsequently interviewed Castillo at his home. During the interview, Castillo admitted making the statements. He also stated that he meant it because of his "severe anger" toward the President because of the President's views on healthcare. When asked what he would do if the President were standing in front of him, Castillo made an explicit statement about slapping and beating the President. Castillo also told agents that he would call the President a terrorist. During the trial, Castillo testified that he was just angry and did not really mean that he would kill the President.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn P. Napier.

Updated January 26, 2015