• Sentencing delayed for man who made Facebook threats to kill Obama


    ORLANDO, Fla. - A Melbourne man who threatened to kill President Barack Obama will have to wait a little longer to find out if he'll go to prison.

    Christopher Castillo walked into federal court for sentencing Thursday.

    Castillo was arrested for threatening the president in a Facebook post that read: "If he gets re-elected I'm going to hunt him down and kill him ... watch the life disappear from his eyes."

    When confronted by Secret Service agents, he said if Obama was in front of him he would "... slap him, and beat the (expletive) out of him."

    Instead of explaining his comments or apologizing as he walked into federal court Thursday, Castillo was sarcastic and tried to make a joke to a Channel 9 photographer who was walking backward, videotaping Castillo.

    "You know you're about to run into something, right? Ha, made you look," said Castillo.

    Castillo was convicted in February, and faces up to five years in prison.

    On Wednesday Castillo's defense attorney asked for probation only, no prison time.

    Prosecutors argued for a stiff punishment and gave the judge past case law to consider.

    "Prosecutors are going to seek harsher sentences because this was a threat against the commander in chief. Bottom line -- they want to send a message, 'We take this seriously,'" said Channel 9 legal analyst Bill Sheaffer.

    The judge wanted more time before deciding Castillo's fate, leaving Castillo to walk out of court still on GPS monitoring.

    With no prior record, sentencing guidelines call for 10-16 months in prison.

    If prosecutors get their way he will spend at least two years in jail. He is expected to be sentenced in June.

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