News and Press Releases

NEW ORLEANS MAN INDICTED FOR MAKING THREATS TO KILL THE PRESIDENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2010

JOHN TURNPAUGH, age 47, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was indicted yesterday in a four count indictment by a federal grand jury for making threats to kill the President, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to the indictment, on December 30, 2009, a New Orleans Police Department 911 operator received a call from an anonymous caller, who stated that he was going to kill Barack Obama and his wife and then hung up. The indictment also alleges that on December 31, 2009, TURNPAUGH possessed with the intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana. Further, according to the indictment, TURNPAUGH illegally possessed several firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking activity.

If convicted of all charges, TURNPAUGH faces a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, as well as $1 million in fines.

U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the charges in the indictment are merely allegations and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case was investigated by agents from the U. S. Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the New Orleans Police Department. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Maurice E. Landrieu, Jr. and Salvadore Perricone.

(Download Indictment )

 

 

Return to Top

USAO Homepage
USAO Briefing Room
Red Ribbon Week October 23-31
Disaster Fraud Hotline

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud from a person or an organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of storm victims or have knowledge of waste, abuse, or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud toll free at: (866) 720-5721. You can also fax information to: (225) 334-4707 or e-mail it to: disaster@leo.gov

Project Safe Childhood

Help us combat the proliferation of sexual exploitation crimes against children.


Stay Connected: Visit us on Twitter

Stay Connected: Visit us on Twitter

Justice 101