A Massachusetts inmate at the Old Colony Correctional Center interested in becoming a “mujahideen” — the plural form of Jihad — was charged with threatening to kill the President, the Justice Department said this week.

Alex Hernandez, 31, of Worchester, was charged with two counts of threatening to kill and inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States.

Last March, Hernandez told another inmate, who was cooperating with federal agents, he wanted to kill the President in a lone-wolf style attack because he was tired of the way people were being treated and would have access to weapons when released from prison, the Justice Department said. Hernandez also allegedly expressed an interest in obtaining false travel documents so he could flee the country after his attack.

Based on the allegations, agents decided to introduce Hernandez to an undercover agent posing as an embassy contact who could assist Hernandez with obtaining false travel documents.

In November 2015, at the direction of federal agents, the cooperating witness provided Hernandez with a mailing address for his embassy contact. In actuality, the mailing address was that of an undercover law enforcement post office box. From that point on, Hernandez allegedly wrote two letters to the embassy contact.

“I am writing to you now to ask that you come see me. I am a brother in faith, a martyr; and as a martyr I wish to fulfill Allah’s wishes and not to live among infidels. The mujahedeen movement is hard but pure.  I need your help…

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