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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2011

RUSK INMATE SENTENCED FOR THREATENING U.S. PRESIDENT

TYLER, Texas – A 29-year-old Rusk, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for making threats against the President of the United States of America in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

Robert Lee Berkley, Jr., pleaded guilty on Feb. 23, 2011, to making threats against the President and was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.

According to information presented in court, on June 16, 2010, Berkley, who was incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), Hodge Unit, located in Rusk, Texas, wrote a letter claiming that upon his release from TDCJ, he planned to travel to Washington, D.C., in order to kill President Barak Obama and the First Family.  Berkley confirmed his plan during at least two separate interviews with law enforcement officers.  He was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 14, 2010.

                This case is being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.

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