FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - February 26, 2009
MARINE INDICTED FOR THREATENING THE PRESIDENT
Wilmington - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that on February 25, 2009, a Federal Grand Jury returned a single-count indictment charging KODY RAY BRITTINGHAM, 20, of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, with threatening the President-Elect of the United States, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 871, which has a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment followed by up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.
The Indictment charges that in November, 2008, BRITTINGHAM threatened the life of then-President-Elect Barrack Obama. He stated, among other things, that he intended to shoot the President-Elect.
Mr. Holding stated: “We take all threats against the President and other high officials of the United States very seriously. The threat itself represents a disruption of the United States Government, even if no actual attempt is made to carry out the threat.”
An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney John Bowler served as prosecutor for the government
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