Lubbock prisoner claimed Al Qaeda ties, threatened President - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock prisoner claimed Al Qaeda ties, threatened President

By James Clark | email  

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A one-time prisoner at Lubbock's Montford prison unit admits that he claimed to be part of Al Qaeda and that he threatened to kill the President.

Christopher Oliphant, 37, admits that he wrote letters in 2009 to government officials in which he said he would blow up government workers.

According to court records, another letter said "In the name of Allah down with the USA and down with the President of the USA.  I will get out soon and when I do I will kill your President."

As part of a guilty plea, those letters will cost Oliphant up to 15 years in prison.  He'll be sentenced at a later date.  As of Friday he was being held in the Lubbock County jail.  

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