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Hutchinson Man Gets Two Years
For Threatening The President



June 18, 2012

WICHITA, KAN. – A Hutchinson man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for threatening the president of the United States, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Michael Scott Ramsey, 27, Hutchinson, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of threatening the president. In his plea, Ramsey admitted that on July 1, 2009, he wrote two letters that were delivered to the staff of Larned State Hospital in which he threatened to kill the president. In the first letter, he said “I am going to kill Barrack (sic) Obama ... and this is Michael Ramsey telling you this.” In the second letter, Ramsey wrote, “I’ll take his life.”

In the fall of 2011, Ramsey underwent an evaluation at the Federal Bureau of Prisons Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles. The evaluating team concluded there was no objective evidence that Ramsey suffered from a mental disorder or condition that rendered him unable to appreciate the wrongfulness of his actions.

Grissom commended the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Secret Service and Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson for their work on the case.



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