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Baton Rouge Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Threats Made Against President Trump

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

United States Attorney Brandon J. Fremin announced today that U.S. Chief Judge Shelly D. Dick sentenced HENRY K. RAYBORN, age 63, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to 46 months in federal prison following his conviction for threats against President Donald J. Trump.  The Court also sentenced RAYBORN to 3 years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment.

 In March of 2018, RAYBORN made several statements indicating he had access to guns and that he was planning to kill the President of the United States.  The investigation revealed RAYBORN knowingly and willfully made the above statements regarding his intent to kill the President and intended them to be taken seriously.

U.S. Attorney Fremin stated, “The safety and well-being of our elected officials is an  extraordinarily important component of a properly functioning democracy. This conviction and sentence should send a clear message to those who may make threats against the President that federal law enforcement takes such matters seriously and will investigate and prosecute those responsible for such behavior.  I am very proud of the work of our dedicated staff and of the United States Secret Service who worked quickly and diligently on this important case.”

Tara McLeese, Resident Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service in Baton Rouge stated, “The highest priority is placed on ensuring that any individual who may pose a potential threat to persons, facilities, and events protected by the U.S. Secret Service is fully investigated.  Any threat, inappropriate interest, or unusual behavior directed toward Secret Service protectees is taken seriously and today’s sentencing is a testament to that fact.”

This matter is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Secret Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney M. Patricia Jones, who also serves as Appellate Chief and Senior Litigation Counsel.

Updated April 17, 2019

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