FBI: Arizona man threatened Boehner in tweets

FBI: Arizona man threatened Boehner in tweets

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Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks during a dedication ceremony naming a Capitol Visitor Center conference room in honor of former Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords' slain aide Gabe Zimmerman at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on April 16, 2013. Zimmerman was killed in the January 2011 shooting that left 6 dead and Giffords severely wounded at an event in Tucson, Arizona. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 8:02 PM

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- A Lake Havasu City man has been charged with making threats against U.S. House Speaker John Boehner via Twitter that included a picture of the congressman with crosshairs on his forehead.

Ronald Dean Frazier was released from custody following a hearing Wednesday. He's scheduled to appear in court again later this month.

U.S. Magistrate Mark Aspey made clear during Wednesday's proceeding that threats against public officials are taken seriously even if they're not carried out.

Authorities say Frazier posted tweets over a 12-day period that included death threats against Boehner and his wife.

Frazier told authorities he had no intent to harm Boehner. He said he wrote the tweets in a drunken rant and as a joke.

Frazier's attorney, U.S. Capitol Police and Boehner's office all declined to comment.

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