Local Man Accused Of Threatening President Could Face 5 Years In Prison


UPDATED: Wednesday May 22, 2013 3:38 PM

A local man who is accused of sending a letter to the White House threatening to assassinate President Obama has been charged with a federal count of threatening the president.

In early May, Michael S. Clark Jr. wrote that he was going to come to the nation’s capital with a gun to kill the president, according to federal authorities.

The letter read ““I am going to come to Washington DC and kill you with a rifle.” It also included a racial slur.

The contents of the letter are in a criminal complaint that was filed by the Secret Service at the U.S. District Court in Columbus.

Investigators said that the return address on the letter was the Franklin County jail and that the letter also contained Clark’s name.

Clark told a Secret Service agent at a mental-health treatment center that he planned to get a rifle, take it apart so it would fit into a bag, and then take a bus to Washington to carry out the assassination.

There has not been a date set for a court appearance, but the charge carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.

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