Brent Dickinson was arrested in March for sending threatening messages about President Obama via a White House message board.
Now, the man who claimed his threats were being “blown way out of proportion” has pled guilty to making a terroristic threat. That threat involved an expressed desire to “torture and murder” school children.
Brent Dickinson pleaded guilty Monday to sending an email threatening to “torture and murder” local schoolchildren.
Dickinson, 33, was arrested in March following a joint investigation by the Secret Service and the Saratoga Springs Police Department.
He pleaded guilty to attempted making a terroristic threat, a felony.
Dickinson also threatened President Barack Obama in the message and has yet to answer that charge in federal court.
Dickinson faces 1 to 3 years in prison, he is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 15.
His threats involved taking the children hostage and then killing them.
Even more frightening, Dickinson was caught on the premises of a Saratoga County elementary school one week prior to his arrest. He was asked to leave.
The 33-year-old local man accused of threatening to murder President Barack Obama and Saratoga County elementary school students visited an area school one week before his arrest and was told to leave the premises, police said …
… “He stopped at a school a week prior to the arrest to use the bathroom. The principal saw him and had him leave,” said Saratoga Springs Police Lt. John Catone, who would not specify which school Dickinson visited, other than saying it was located somewhere in the city.
Another report indicated that Dickinson had visited two schools before his arrest – one public and one private.
Dickinson’s problems have only begun, as he faces federal charges for his threats against the President.
The man has no ties to the area, and appears to have a history of criminal behavior. He faces up to seven years in prison.
Via the Times Union:
U.S. Secret Service agents and local authorities collaborated to arrest a 33-year-old Saratoga Springs man on charges he made terrorist threats against President Barack Obama and Saratoga County elementary school children, the district attorney said.
Brent G. Dickinson of Maple Avenue was charged with two counts of making a terroristic threat after he allegedly sent two communications to a White House message board at around 11 p.m. Friday, county District Attorney James A. Murphy III said in a prepared statement. Dickinson named two intended targets: the President and an unspecified elementary school children at an unnamed school, Murphy said. The Secret Service intercepted the messages, he said.
“In both instances, it is alleged that the defendant intended to murder the intended targets,” Murphy wrote on his office’s website. He could not immediately be reached for further comment.
He’s officially been charged with two counts of making a terroristic threat, and was arraigned in Saratoga County Court with bail set at $50,000 cash, $100,000 bond.
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