Trial Date Set for Man Accused of Obama Threats

Joaquin Serrapio back in court on May 21 for alleged threats

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NBCMiami.com

A trial date has been set for the man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama during his trip to Miami in February.

Joaquin Amador Serrapio Jr., 20, will head to trial on May 21, a judge ruled during a Wednesday hearing.

According to a criminal complaint, Serrapio used a fake Facebook account to post threats and send text messages to friends saying he was "challenging" the administration.

"Who wants to help me assassinate Obummer while hes at UM this week?" Serrapio wrote on the Facebook account under the alias "Jay Valor," according to the criminal complaint.

"If anyones going to UM to see obama today, get ur phones out an record. Cause at any moment im gonna put a bullet through his head and u don't wanna miss that! Youtube!" he wrote, according to the complaint.

Serrapio, a student at Miami-Dade College West, was arrested and later released on bond. He has since pleaded not guilty.

Alan Ross, Serrapio's attorney, said he hopes the case won't go to trial and said his client was just poking fun at friends who were excited to see Obama.

"It was not a real threat, it was foolishness," Ross said, adding Serrapio had no guns at the time of his arrest.

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