March 16, 2012
A Tennessee man who threatened to put “a thousand bullet holes” in Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been sentenced to supervised probation for the online threat.
Sheriff Arpaio said Adam Eugene Cox, 33, was an “Obama fanatic” who wrote online that Satan “ordered” him to kill “birthers” to spark a war between political parties in order to decrease the population in America.
Cox wrote that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his family would be killed. He wrote, “I plan to kill Arpaio first. He will be filled with a thousand bullet holes before the year is out. I promise you this. He won’t f**k with Obama. He will be buried 10 feet under and his whole family will be murdered along with him.”
Arpaio’s ongoing investigation into the legitimacy of Obama’s birth certificate may be behind the threat to kill the Sheriff, according to a release from Sheriff Arpaio.
“Every threat will be taken seriously, and the Sheriff knows that his position often attracts threats but he draws the line when his family is threatened,” Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputy Chief David Trombi said in a release.