Georgia Man Indicted for Mailing Threats to Kill the President

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ATLANTA, June 6, 2007 — A 22-year-old Lawrenceville, Ga., man was indicted by a federal grand jury late yesterday on charges of mailing a letter in which he threatened to kill the President of the United States.

Michael Robert DeJong will be scheduled for an initial appearance and bond hearing some time within a week.

“A threat against the life of the President must be taken seriously no matter the circumstances,” United States Attorney David E. Nahmias said. We have no tolerance for those who make such threats and they will face federal prosecution.”

According to Nahmias, the charges and other information presented in court: While DeJong was housed in the Gwinnett County Jail serving time on other charges, he mailed a letter addressed to “Clerk of Courts, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30045.”

That letter contained specific threats to kill the President of the United States, and called for others to join him. He also indicated that the letter contained anthrax. No toxic substance was found in the letter.

The indictment charges one count of sending threatening communications through the U.S. mail containing threats to the life of the President of the United States, George W. Bush. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

This case is being investigated by Special Agents of the United States Secret Service.

Assistant United States Attorney Katherine Monahan is prosecuting the case.

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