Feds: Man threatens President Trump and others

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Nov. 13, 2019 at 7:21 PM CST
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Federal agents have arrested a south Alabama man, claiming he threatened President Trump and others.

Those agents say 60-year old Deryke Pfeifer recently made those threats in posts to his Facebook account.

Besides Trump, he also allegedly made vague threats against U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson of Montgomery, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

This is not the first time Pfeifer has been in trouble for social media posts he made. Five years ago, federal prosecutors charged him with making threats against then-President Barack Obama.

In the most recent case, court documents reveal agents tracked Pfeifer to an Enterprise, Alabama hotel last week. They placed him under surveillance, believing a Facebook video post showed guns in his room.

When Pfeifer left the hotel, those agents made a traffic stop and, according to a complaint, found guns and marijuana in his car. Also in that vehicle were several loaded magazines, federal documents allege.

Pfeifer, convicted of drug charges in 1995, is accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is not charged at this time with making the threats.

Pfeifer was never convicted of threatening President Obama. That's because experts found him incompetent to stand trial.

Judge Thompson dismissed that charge several months ago.

Pfeifer, who is from Ozark, is in custody, pending a court hearing.

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