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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

Monday, November 14, 2016

Amherst man charged with mailing threatening communication

A federal grand jury indicted Michael G. Roby, 46, of Amherst, on charges of mailing a letter threatening the lives of a male victim and his family, said Carole S. Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment alleges that on or about June 15, 2016, Roby knowingly caused to be delivered by the United States Postal Service a letter to the victim that contained threats to injure the victim as well as the victim’s mother, brother, wife, and son.  

The Amherst Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ranya Elzein.

If convicted, the Court will determine the defendant’s sentence after a review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated November 14, 2016