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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 23, 2013

Youngstown Man Charged With Threatening The President And First Lady

A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging a Youngstown man with making threats against the President and First Lady of the United States, Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio,. 

Frederick Watt, age 33 is accused of making the threats by telephone to Trumbull County 911 operators in Warren, Ohio on March 24, 2013.

If convicted, Watts’ sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including his prior criminal record, if any, his role in the offenses and the unique characteristics of the violations.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum. 

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy Kelley following an investigation by the United States Secret Service. 

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated March 12, 2015