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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Suffolk Man Indicted For Making Death Threats

NORFOLK, Va. – David Gil Wilkinson, 43, of Suffolk, Va., was indicted by a federal grand jury today for making death threats against both the President and former First Lady Hillary Clinton.   

Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and William Frantzen, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service’s Richmond Field Office, made the announcement.   

Wilkinson faces a maximum penalty of 10 years if convicted. 

According to an affidavit previously filed, Wilkinson, a retired Special Forces Navy Chief, called 911 in Southampton County claiming to be a FBI Agent on a secret mission.  When officers responded Wilkinson told them that he was going to run for president and personally execute both the President and Hillary Clinton.  Wilkinson was committed for an emergency mental health evaluation for 72 hours.  Secret Service agents interviewed Wilkinson where he re-iterated his desire to execute the President and Hillary Clinton.  When Wilkinson was released he drove to Henrico County, called 911 and told operators that President Obama was out, people needed to die, and he was part of a group that would take back America.    

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service.  Assistant United States Attorney Joseph L. Kosky is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

Criminal indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.

Updated March 18, 2015