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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Nevada Man Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison For Threatening to Kill a Federal Law Enforcement Officer -Defendant Previously Was Convicted of Similar Crime-

            WASHINGTON –Jeffrey Henry Williamson, 49, of Las Vegas, Nev., was sentenced today to 8 years in prison for making threats against a federal law enforcement officer, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. and Andrew G. McCabe, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, announced.

            Williamson was found guilty of the charge by a jury in December 2014, following a trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He was sentenced by the Honorable Rosemary M. Collyer. Upon completion of his prison term, Williamson will be placed on three years of supervised release.

            According to the government’s evidence, Williamson called the 911 Office of Unified Communications, in Washington, D.C., on June 19, 2014, and during an approximately 4 ½-minute recorded call, threatened to kill an FBI Special Agent who works in Denver. The evidence presented at trial established that Williamson made the threats in retaliation for an investigation of the defendant that the agent conducted in 2005 and 2006. That investigation involved harassing and threatening phone calls that Williamson was making to the Denver FBI field office and federal judges in Denver.

            In 2008, Williamson was prosecuted in the Southern District of Texas for making threatening communications there. He was found guilty following a trial and sentenced to 42 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. However, Williamson kept up a pattern of harassing communications directed at federal officials. He completed his sentence and was released, but the Court revoked his supervised release. He then completed his second period of incarceration on Nov. 29, 2013. He arrived in Washington, D.C., in May 2014.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen and Assistant Director in Charge McCabe commended those who investigated the case from the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force and the U.S. Marshals Service. They also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Litigation Technology Specialist Leif Hickling; Criminal Investigators Zachary McMenamin and Durand Odom; Paralegal Specialists Jessica Moffatt and Michelle Holland, and Legal Assistant Donice Adams. Finally, they expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Frederick Yette, who prosecuted the case.

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Press Release Number: 
15-040
Updated March 13, 2015