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DeLand Man Sentenced To Seven Years In Prison For Threatening To Kill The President And Assault A Federal Agent

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron has sentenced Jeremy L. Addison (24, DeLand) to seven years in federal prison for mailing a letter threatening to kill the President and assaulting the U.S. Secret Service agent who was investigating the threat.  He pleaded guilty on October 13, 2015.

According to court documents, on September 17, 2014, while awaiting trial for an unrelated state charge in the Volusia County Jail, Addison wrote a letter to President Obama.  In that letter he stated, “you’re a dead man…boy I hate swine.  I’m the general me…and anthrax, so yes I intend to kill you.”  A short time later, a U.S. Secret Service agent attempted to interview Addison about the letter.  At the conclusion of the interview, Addison spit in the agent’s face and stated, “…I am going to kill you too.” 

After pleading guilty in this case, but prior to sentencing, Addison wrote another letter, this time threatening to kill the Assistant U.S. Attorney handling the case.  Four days later, Addison wrote a second letter apologizing for the threatening letter. 

Based on Addison’s criminal history and the threat to kill the prosecutor, the Court enhanced Addison’s sentence by finding that he had not accepted responsibility for his criminal behavior and that he had obstructed justice by writing a letter threatening to kill the assigned Assistant U.S. Attorney. 

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn P. Napier.

Updated March 2, 2016