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Clarks Summit man accused of threatening President Obama pleads guilty


 A Clarks Summit man plead guilty Monday after he sent an email to the White House, threatening to kill President Obama days before the president’s August visit to Scranton.

According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, 42-year-old Nicholas Savino admitted to sending a threat on Aug. 16, that read: “President Obama the Anti-Christ. As a result of breaking the constitution you will stand down or be shot dead.”

Savino was indicted by a federal grand jury in September.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Savino will forfeit three firearms and approximately 11,000 rounds of ammunition seized by agents from his apartment and vehicle during the investigation.

Sentencing for Savino is scheduled for June 11.

Savino is being held without bail at Lackawanna County Prison.

He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Clark Summit is about 10 miles outside of Scranton.


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