Man Found Competent for Trial

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A federal judge has ruled Steven Joseph Christopher competent to stand trial on charges of making threats on the Internet to kill then-President-elect Barack Obama.

U.S. District Henry Wingate issued the ruling Tuesday. No trial date has been set.

Christopher admitted in U.S. District Court testimony Monday that he made the threats in January but had no intentions of harming the president.

Christopher allegedly made the threats in a chat forum. He was arrested in Brookhaven.

If convicted, Christopher could be sentenced to a maximum five years in prison.

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