News and Press Releases

October 9, 2009


DENVER – Nathan Daniel Larson, age 29, of Boulder, Colorado, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Philip A. Brimmer to serve 16 months in federal prison for threatening to take the life of, and to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States.  After serving his prison sentence, Larson was ordered to serve 3 years of supervised release.  Larson, who appeared at the sentencing hearing in custody, was remanded.

Nathan Daniel Larson was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on December 15, 2008.  He pled guilty before Judge Brimmer on May 14, 2009.  He was sentenced by Judge Brimmer today, October 9, 2009.

According to the stipulated facts contained in the plea agreement, on December 11, 2008, the defendant sent an email to the Secret Service, stating that, “I am writing to inform you that in the near future, I will kill the President of the United States of America.”  The defendant’s email then lays out the reasons why he intended to kill the President, and how he intended to carry out the assassination.  The email was sent by the defendant from the home he was residing at in Boulder.  In response to the threat, the Secret Service went to interview Larson.  During the interview Larson said that he stood by what he said, and that he was serious about carrying out the threat.  It is important to note that he had taken no action to carry out or effectuate the actions threatened by the email.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service.

Larson was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kurt Bohn.