Man who threatened to kill Obama and burn down a mosque pleads guilty to unlawful ammo charge
By Brian Seay
Joseph Gargiulo allegedly told his ex wife that he’d “plant bombs in police stations … and kill as many homeland security officers as he can before they kill him.” (Photo: Facebook)
A Massachusetts man who allegedly threatened to kill the president and burn down a mosque pleaded guilty Wednesday to unlawful possession of ammunition.
Joseph Gargiulo, 41, wasn’t allowed to have guns or ammo because of a restraining order issued against him, according to a Department of Justice news release. He pleaded guilty to one count of possession of ammunition in federal court in Boston.
Federal agents were tipped off last summer by his ex wife, the person who filed the restraining order. She told authorities he was stockpiling food and weapons and said he “will plant bombs in police stations … and kill as many homeland security officers as he can before they kill him.”
During their investigation, agents found that Gargiulo said he wanted to kill President Obama. He also said he wanted to “chain a mosque closed and burn it down.” He didn’t mention a specific mosque or a date for the attack. But an acquaintance of Gargiulo told federal agents he was “about to snap.”
On Aug. 26 last year, agents