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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Clarks Summit Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening To Kill The President

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 42-year-old Clarks Summit man pleaded guilty yesterday before Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley to posting a threat to kill the President of the United States on the White House website.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, the defendant Nicholas Savino admitted to sending a threat on August 16, 2013, that read: “President Obama the Anti-Christ. As a result of breaking the constitution you will stand down or be shot dead.”

     Savino was indicted by a federal grand jury in September 2013, as a result of an investigation by the United States Secret Service and Clarks Summit Police.     

     Under the terms of the plea agreement, Savino will forfeit to the United States three firearms and approximately 11,000 rounds of ammunition seized by agents from his apartment and vehicle during the investigation.

     Judge Munley scheduled sentencing for June 11, 2014. Savino remains detained in prison pending sentencing. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

     Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa is prosecuting the case.

Updated April 16, 2015