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Holland man charged with making death threats against Pres. Joe Biden and other elected officials

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Joshua Docter has been charged with one count of terrorism and one count of using a computer to commit a crime. Each count is a 20-year felony offense. The 21-year old Holland, Michigan man made death threats in January using a social media platform against President Joe Biden, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

In a news release from Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office, it describes the online threats this way, “Docter stated he would use a gun to shoot and kill the elected officials and would “be the catalyst” for a new American revolution.” Bombmaking information was discovered on Docter’s cellphone.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation received tips Docter was allegedly making threats on the social media site, iFunny.

Tuesday, Docter was arraigned in Ottawa County 58th District Court.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.