Miami Student to Plead Guilty in Obama Threat

A 20-year-old South Florida man was arrested for threatening the president of the United States during President Barack Obama’s trip to Miami, authorities said. On Thursday federal agents raided the west Miami-Dade home of Joaquin Amador Serrapio Jr., at 236 SW 136th Place. He was taken into custody before he could make any attempt to harm the president, authorities said. They said Serrapio was arrested for making threats against the president, a federal felony that could bring a five-year prison term if he is convicted. Serrapio pleaded not guilty before a federal magistrate, who set his cash bond at $20,000, in addition to a $50,000 personal surety bond that his parents signed, according to court records. (Published Monday, Feb. 27, 2012)

Court records show a Miami college student intends to plead guilty to making threatening posts against President Barack Obama on Facebook. A change of plea hearing is set for Wednesday for 20-year-old Joaquin Amador Serrapio Jr. He had previously pleaded not guilty.

Federal prosecutors say Serrapio posted threats on Facebook in February coinciding with a speech Obama gave at the University of Miami. Serrapio attends a different school, Miami-Dade College. One post threatened to put a bullet in the president's head. Another asked if anyone wanted to help with a presidential assassination. There's no indication Serrapio intended to act on the threats. His lawyer has said Serrapio never wanted to hurt the president. The lawyer didn't immediately respond to an email Thursday. Serrapio faces a maximum five-year maximum prison sentence.

20-year-old Joaquin Amador Serrapio Jr. was arrested for threatening the president of the United States during President Barack Obama’s trip to Miami, authorities said. Brian Beiber, a lawyer at Hirschorn and Bieber, discusses the case with NBC 6 Miami's Jeff Burnside (Published Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012)