GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — A Holland man has been charged with two felonies after allegedly threatening to kill President Joe Biden, U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in online posts.
Joshua Docter, 21, turned himself in Tuesday and was formally charged with one count of false report or threat of terrorism one count of using a computer commit a crime, both 20-year felonies.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office says Docter posted the threats on the social media site iFunny in January, allegedly saying he would shoot and kill Biden, Pelosi and Whitmer in effort to prompt a revolution. A Tuesday release from the office added that Docter had instructions to build a bomb on his cellphone.
The AG’s Office said the investigation started with the FBI and was ultimately passed along to Michigan State Police.
In a statement released to News 8 Tuesday, Docter’s parents Bret and Erin Docter said they were “shocked” by the charges he faces and that they are working with attorneys.
“As a family, we were shocked to learn of the charges against our son. We are in process of evaluating them and working with legal counsel to consider our next steps. We respectfully ask for privacy at this most difficult time.”Bret and Erin Docter
Officials at Hope College told News 8 Docter attended its school for one semester in 2017.
Docter is expected back in court April 8 for a probable cause conference and then again April 15 for a preliminary exam.
*Correction: Based on a release from the Attorney General’s Office, a previous version of this report misspelled the defendant’s last name. Officials later sent a corrected release. The text has been updated to reflect the correct spelling.