BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts state prison inmate has been charged with threatening to kill President Barack Obama.
Alex Hernandez was charged Monday with two counts of threatening to kill and inflict bodily harm upon the president.
Federal agents launched an investigation in March 2015 after Hernandez, an inmate at Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater, allegedly told another inmate that wanted to kill the president in a “lone-wolf style attack.” The 31-year-old Hernandez allegedly said he wanted to “become a mujahedeen,” or holy warrior, and get false travel documents to flee the country after the attack.
Authorities say Hernandez had images in his prison cell of late al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden and Islamic State militants holding assault weapons.
Hernandez faces up to five years in prison if convicted.