A Tennessee man described as an Obama “fanatic” has been convicted of threatening to kill Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his family, possibly in connection with the lawman’s investigation into the president’s eligibility for office.
Adam Eugene Cox, 33, of Knoxville, was arrested Jan. 27 in connection with graphic online threats that came to light last October.
Cox’s threats included: “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.”
Authorities say Cox’s postings indicate – and his own mother confirms – that Cox is a “fanatical supporter” of Obama, and Arpaio’s ongoing investigation into the legitimacy of the president’s purported birth certificate may have been the reason behind the threat to kill the sheriff.
As WND reported March 1, Arpaio and his Cold Case Posse announced there is probable cause indicating the document released by the White House last April that is claimed to be Obama’s original, long-form birth certificate is actually a forgery.
According to Knox County Sheriff’s deputies, Cox has a history of assault.
“I will not be intimated against pursuing this investigation into Obama’s eligibility to serve as the president of the United States,” Arpaio said upon Cox’s arrest in January.
Several different Mexican drug cartels have threatened Arpaio’s life, placing a contract nearing $4 million for his execution.
“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,” said Deputy Chief David Trombi, whose detectives have overseen the threat investigations.
The Cox investigation first took Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies from Arizona to California where search warrants were served on Google headquarters.
Cox pleaded guilty to harassment of Arpaio, and was immediately sentenced to serve nearly a year in a “bootcamp”-style program similar to probation, as well as ordered to pay court costs.