UPDATE Weds. 4:30 p.m. Boardman man indicted on federal charges

BOARDMAN – A Boardman man was indicted today afternoon on federal charges of threatening to assault and abet others to assault federal law enforcement officers engaged in the performance of official duties and making interstate threats, according to U.S. Attorney Mike Tobin.

Justin Olsen, 18, has been in federal custody since Friday when U.S. Federal Court Judge George Limbert ruled following a custody hearing that Olsen posed “a serious risk of danger to the safety of the community if he is released.”

The federal count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and the interstate threats charge carries a maximum penalty of five years, Tobin said.

A Youngstown federal agent, testifying on behalf of the prosecution at Friday’s hearing, read off a printed copy of a PowerPoint presentation of posts from ArmyOfChrist’s iFunny.com account – which prosecutors say belongs to Olsen – including one identified on June 2 where ArmyOfChrist, in a conversation criticizing the Waco siege, posted, “in conclusion, shoot every federal agent on sight.”

“Every law enforcement officer takes an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said in a news release. “Anyone who threatens those same law enforcement agents is committing a crime, not engaging in some form of protected speech. When those threats are made, especially where someone possesses the means to act on those threats, we take it seriously and will seek criminal charges.”

Read more in Thursday’s Tribune Chronicle.

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