A 20-year-old Twin Cities man admits threatening U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch when he fired off angry tweets following the arrest of his friends on charges of trying to enlist with the terror group ISIS.
Mahamed Abukar Said pleaded guilty to the charges at a court hearing on Friday.
"I was frustrated and trying to get my anger out," Said said during the hearing. "It's not the smartest way to do it."
According to MPR News, Said pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. He admitted that he willfully tweeted that he would "whack," "kill" and "massacre" the person responsible for charging the alleged ISIS recruits in Minnesota.
Said has been in custody since April. He was apprehended days after six Twin Cities men were arrested on charges of trying to enlist with ISIS in Syria. Prosecutors initially charged Said with two felonies, but his guilty plea is to a misdemeanor charge of impeding and intimidating a U.S. government employee who was engaged in official duties.
Said, who was attending community college at the time of the incident, told the judge that he had a B-minus to B-plus average and hopes to return to school to become an attorney some day.
His lawyer, Chris Madel, said his client is ready to own his actions and move on.
To avoid a conflict of interest, the case was handled by federal prosecutors from Wisconsin and U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Piersol of South Dakota.
The Associated Press reports that Said will remain in jail for now, but Piersol said he is willing to release him to a halfway house if one can be arranged.
Madel told reporters after the hearing that Said is turning his life around.