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Man pleads guilty after threatening to kill President during DNC

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A Charlotte man has pleaded guilty in federal court after he threatened to kill President Barack Obama during the Democratic National Convention.

According to court officials, Donte Jarmar Sims, 21, pleaded guilty on Friday to threatening the life of the President of the United States via Twitter.

The threats were done via Sims' Twitter account on the morning of Labor Day, the day before the DNC started in Charlotte two months ago.

The first tweet was sent out at 10:06 a.m. when Sims tweeted, "Well Ima Assassinate president Obama this evening !... Gotta get this monkey off my chest while he's in town."

"Ima hit president Obama with that Lee Harvey Oswald swagg," he tweeted just two minutes later.

WBTV took at look at Sims' Twitter account, which was still active after his arrest, and saw that he sent out five threatening messages within a 14-minute span.

"The Secret Service is gonna be defenseless once I aim the Assault Rifle at Barack's Forehead ... F* the #DNC," he continued.

Investigators say that Sims was interviewed by Secret Service agents at his home where he admitted that he hated the President.

Sims' tweets were discovered by a Secret Service intelligence specialist.

In the last of Sims' tweets about the president, he said that he was "plotting president Obama's murder" and that Obama "wont even make it to the coliseum."

Two weeks after he posted the tweets, Sims was charged with one count of knowingly and willfully making a threat to take the life of and to inflict bodily harm upon the President.

"Court records show that Sims was aware that President Obama would be in charlotte during the week of September 3, 2012 in connection with the Democratic National Convention," a release from the United States Attorney's office stated on Friday. "Media outlets had also reported that the President would be making several public appearances in Charlotte during that time period, including making public speeches at the Time Warner Arena or the Bank of America Stadium."

Sims has been in federal custody since his arrest in the beginning of September.

A judge ordered that he be released on bond and placed on electronic monitoring.  He has been banned from using Twitter or any other social media outlet.

When sentenced, Sims could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Sims has been arrested in Mecklenburg County at least four different times on charges related to drugs, window tinting violation and other vehicle violations.

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