Ponthieux’s Facebook page depicts him using the nickname “Cyclone” and holding an AR-15 assault-style rifle, sitting on the front bumper of a black Hummer.
His threats to harm Obama were posted on Facebook; they were expletive-filled posts calling for people to “get our guns and shoot all of these out of control congressmen and senators and Obama!” He also suggests using a tree chipper to reduce the dead bodies to fertilizer.
That’s not all. Las Vegas Metro officers received a tip that Ponthieux had been overheard by a neighbor asking someone about obtaining ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer chemical that can be made mixed with other chemicals to make explosives. It was the same type of fertilizer used in the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building, nearly 20 years ago.
Ponthieux pleaded not guilty, and the complaint was unsealed. Ponthieux pleaded not guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, and the complaint was unsealed.
His Defense Attorney stated, “His statements very likely will be deemed protected First Amendment speech.
We shall see.
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