Illinois Man Charged With Threatening to Assassinate Trump

Jun 22, 2017

An Illinois man has been charged after posting online several times that he wants to assassinate President Donald Trump.

Joseph Lynn Pickett of Edwardsville was charged June 15 with threatening the president of the United States. 

U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Vincent Pescitelli says in a criminal complaint that Pickett "did knowingly and willfully make a threat to take the life of, to kidnap, and to inflict bodily harm" against Trump on Facebook.

The Secret Service was notified of the posts by Pickett's former co-workers.

A screenshot of one of Pickett's Facebook posts in the complaint says, "Honestly am I really going to have to kill trump before our fine Government ... actually takes me into custody for threatening to assassinate President Donald Trump?"