Illinois man charged with threatening to assassinate Trump

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – An Illinois man has been charged after posting online several times that he wants to assassinate President Donald Trump.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Joseph Lynn Pickett of Edwardsville was charged June 15 with threatening the president of the United States.

U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Vincent Pescitelli says in a criminal complaint that Pickett “did knowingly and willfully make a threat to take the life of, to kidnap, and to inflict bodily harm” against Trump on Facebook.

The Secret Service was notified of the posts by Pickett’s former co-workers.

A screenshot of one of Pickett’s Facebook posts in the complaint says, “Honestly am I really going to have to kill trump before our fine Government … actually takes me into custody for threatening to assassinate President Donald Trump?”

A phone message left by The Associated Press seeking comment from Public Defender Thomas Gabel was not immediately returned.
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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com