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FBI: Arizona man threatened Boehner in tweets

House Speaker John Boehner speaks Monday May 12, 2014 at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio. Boehner was in town for a conversation with Texas Tribune Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith while on a fundraising trip in Texas. Boehner said that he's "nudged" former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, John Davenport, Pool)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A Lake Havasu City man has been charged with making threats against U.S. House Speaker John Boehner via Twitter that included a picture of the congressman with crosshairs on his forehead.

Ronald Dean Frazier was released from custody following a hearing Wednesday. He's scheduled to appear in court again later this month.

U.S. Magistrate Mark Aspey made clear during Wednesday's proceeding that threats against public officials are taken seriously even if they're not carried out.

Authorities say Frazier posted tweets over a 12-day period that included death threats against Boehner and his wife.

Frazier told authorities he had no intent to harm Boehner. He said he wrote the tweets in a drunken rant and as a joke.

Frazier's attorney, U.S. Capitol Police and Boehner's office all declined to comment.

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