An inmate currently being housed at the Kirkland Correctional Institution was sentenced in federal court in Columbia to 41 months in prison Tuesday for making threats against President Barack Obama.
Assistant U.S. attorney Winston Holliday said Eric Anthony Rome, 26, formerly of Mauldin, left a message with the Inspector General of the South Carolina Department of Corrections on May 16, 2014 stating that planned to kill Obama upon his release from prison.
Holliday said when Rome was interviewed by agents, he admitted to making the call and leaving the voicemail with the Inspector General’s office. Rome claimed he had been a member of the Aryan nation since he was 17 years old and he received money from them.
Holliday also said Rome told investigators he was offered money by the Aryan nation to assassinate the president. Rome said his plan was to use the money to buy a rifle and for traveling to Washington, D.C., where he would “lay and wait” for an accurate shot.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and prosecuted by Holliday.