La Mesa Man Convicted Of Threatening Obama
Walter Bagdasarian, a 47-year-old San Diego-area man, went on a racially-driven online rant last October when Barack Obama was a candidate for president.
U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Huff said Bagdasarian’s comments directed at Obama was a “definite threat” and found him guilty of a pair of counts of making threats against a major candidate for president of the United States.
Bagdasarian, who waived his right to a jury trial, could receive up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in October. Bagdasarian remains free on $100,000 bail.
Bagdasarian posted threatening messages in a Yahoo Finance message board, and later, on election day, sent emails calling for violence against Obama.
Bagdasarian’s attorney argued unsuccessfully that his client was drunk at the time of the postings. He also claimed that Bagdasarian never followed through on the threats and apologized on the Web site for his comments.
The Secret Service became involved when they learned of the postings.
“Shoot the n–. Country f—– for another 4+ years, what n– has done ANYTHING right???? Long Term???? Never in history, except s-mbos.” As well as, “F— the n—–, he will have a 50 cal in the head soon.”
According to Secret Service agents, when they raided Bagdasarian’s La Mesa home three days after they questioned him in November, they discovered six firearms and a total of 500 rounds of ammunition in each caliber.Click here for reuse options!
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