United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500

Hammond, Indiana  46320

Hammond                                                      South Bend                                           Fort Wayne



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT: Mary Hatton

May 1, 2012                                                                                        PHONE: (219) 937-5603

www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/                                                                                                  FAX (219) 852-2770






                Hammond, Indiana- The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following:


            Jimmie Ray, 32, of Hobart, Indiana, was charged in a two count criminal Complaint unsealed today with influencing, impeding, or retaliating against a federal official by threat and threatening the President of the United States.  Ray appeared at a probable cause/detention hearing today before Magistrate Judge Andrew Rodovich, who ordered that Ray be detained at a prison hospital for a competency evaluation.  The Court will set the next hearing upon receipt of the evaluation report.  These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Susan Collins.


The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that a Complaint is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.


If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.