The Tennessee suspect accused of online death threats against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been convicted of harassment and sentenced to serve nearly a year in a “bootcamp” style program similar to probation.
According to a clerk at the Knox County General Sessions Criminal court, Adam Eugene Cox, 33, must also attend anger management counseling and maintain no contact with the sheriff.
Cox, a fanatical President Barack Obama supporter, threatened to kill Arpaio in his Internet postings. According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, his writings included the following rants:
I plan to kill Arpaio first. He will be filled with a thousand bullet holes before the year is out. I promise you this. He won't f**k with Obama. He will be buried 10 feet under and his whole family will be murdered along with him.
Arpaio started an investigation into the validity of President Obama's birth certificate in August.
"Every threat will be taken seriously, and the Sheriff knows that his position often attracts threats but he draws the line when his family is threatened," said MCSO Deputy Chief, David Trombi,
"I want to thank the Knoxville County Sheriff's Office and the District Attorney for their hard work and assistance arresting and prosecuting this criminal,” said Sheriff Arpaio.
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