MIAMI - A federal court judge sentenced a Florida man to three years in prison on Friday for threatening to kill President Barack Obama in an email that said The blood of Obama will run down the streets.

Nathan Wine, 21, admitted to the judge in Tampa, Florida, in August that he sent the threatening email to the U.S. Army Recruiting Command on November 5, 2008, the day after Obama won the presidential election.

Wine, who had faced up to five years in prison, acknowledged in his guilty plea that he had meant the email as a death threat, although he did not reveal a motive.

In his poorly spelled email message, Wine said he would not mind going behind bars for being a trigger man on this tyrant.

I will not rest until this tyrant of America is gunned down, he said. The blood of Obama will run down the streets of D.C.

Wine was indicted in the federal case in January after surrendering to police on a local warrant charging him with stealing a gun.

His sentence on Friday was announced in a statement from A. Brian Albritton, the U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida.

(Reporting by Tom Brown; editing by Mohammad Zargham)