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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Federal Inmate Pleads Guilty to Making Threats Against Federal Agents

BOSTON – A former inmate at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Devens was sentenced today in connection with making threats against federal agents and threatening to cause an explosion at a federal courthouse.

Nathan Danforth, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to three years in prison and three years of supervised release. Danforth pleaded guilty on Jan. 20, 2021 to one count of making threats to murder federal law enforcement officers and one count of threats to damage or destroy a building using fire or explosives.  

In July 2019, Danforth, then an inmate at FMC Devens, attempted to mail a letter to a federal court in Florida, threatening to kill the agents who previously investigated him and to cause an explosion at the courthouse. In February 2020, Danforth sent an email from FMC Devens to the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General threatening that the President would die and federal buildings would be “blown up.”   

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division made the announcement today. FMC Devens Special Investigation Section provided valuable assistance to the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen Noto of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office prosecuted the case.

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Violent Crime
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Updated January 26, 2021