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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Orlando Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening To Kill The President Of The United States

Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Jason Lynn Gay (40, Orlando) pleaded guilty today to making threats against the President of the United States. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set. Gay was indicted on February 12, 2014.

According to court documents, on May 29, 2013, Gay mailed a letter to the United States Courthouse in Orlando. In this letter, he threatened to assault and murder an FBI agent. He also threatened to take the life of and inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States of America. Gay further threatened to “blow up” the federal courthouse. On May 31, 2013, a clerk at the courthouse in Orlando received, opened, and read the letter. On June 3, 2013, and again on January 16, 2014, federal agents interviewed Gay regarding the threats he made in the letter. In these interviews, Gay acknowledged writing the letter and reaffirmed his desire to kill the President.

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

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Updated January 26, 2015