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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Friday, March 14, 2014

Orlando Man Arraigned On Charges Of Threatening To Kill The President Of The United States And Other Federal Offenses

Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that today Jason Lynn Gay (40, Orlando) was arraigned in federal court on an indictment charging him with one count of threatening a federal official, one count of making threats against the President of the United States, and one count of mailing a threatening communication. If convicted on all counts, Gay faces up to 25 years in prison.    

According to the indictment, Gay threatened to assault and murder an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and threatened to take the life of and inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States of America. He made these threats in a communication that he mailed to the U.S. Courthouse in Orlando. Gay also threatened to “blow up” the federal courthouse in the same mailed communication. 

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service.  It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew C. Searle.

Updated January 26, 2015