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June 20, 2013

Ala. man gets prison for tweeted Obama threat

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A judge has sentenced an Alabama man to a year in federal prison for tweeting a threat against President Barack Obama.

U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith imposed the sentence on Jarvis M. Britton during a hearing Thursday in Huntsville.

Britton must spend three years on probation after finishing the prison term.

The 26-year-old Birmingham man pleaded guilty in March to threatening the president's life. Prosecutors say Britton sent a tweet in September that said, "Let's kill the president. F.E.A.R."

Several people have been linked to a national militia group that prosecutors say was called F.E.A.R. - Forever Enduring Always Ready.

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