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Federal Prisoner Pleads Guilty To Mailing Threatening Letter To The President

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

Ocala, Florida – Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces that Richard Jeremy Ware (42, Ocala) today pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with making threats against the President of the United States. Ware faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.


According to court documents, on March 27, 2017, while an inmate at a federal prison in Sumter County, Ware wrote a letter in which he threatened to murder the President of the United States upon his upcoming release from custody.  He added, “I assure you that I am serious[!]” After completing the letter, Ware submitted it for delivery by the Postal Service. When a corrections officer subsequently discovered the letter, he confronted Ware about the threat. Ware confirmed that he had written the letter and that it belonged to him.


This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.

Updated October 23, 2017