Former New Jersey man charged with threatening to kill President Obama in Facebook post

A former New Jersey man who thought President Barack Obama had an affair with his fiancée has been charged with threatening to kill the president.



Federal prosecutors say 33-year-old William Peterman Jr., formerly of Medford Lakes, Burlington County, posted two death threats on Facebook last week. Peterman currently lives in Beaufort, South Carolina.



According to court filings, officials say Peterman told investigators he thought Obama admitted during his Jan. 10 farewell speech that he had an affair with Peterson's fiancée.



According to Thursday's news release from the Justice Department's division in Philadelphia, social media has brought increased online threats, but law enforcement takes all such threats seriously.



If convicted, Peterman faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine. No attorney information is available.



The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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