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Northern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 24, 2020

Man Sentenced for Threatening to Kill the President

A man who threatened to assassinate the President has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.

Mickael Gedlu, 36, pleaded guilty in December to making threats against the commander-in-chief.  Appearing from the Federal Correction Institution in Seagoville, Texas, he was sentenced today via video teleconference by Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn.

According to plea papers, Mr. Gedlu admitted he threatened the President’s life on social media, stating on YouTube: “I'm waiting for Trump to visit Dallas before I attempt to assassinate him.”

During court proceedings, prosecutors noted that on May 31, 2018, Mr. Gedlu was observed across the street from Dallas’ Adolphus Hotel, just 30 minutes before the President arrived there for a fundraiser.  Dallas police officers, who noticed Mr. Gedlu holding a “Kill Trump” sign, detained him as he screamed, “kill the President.”

Dallas police officers, who noticed Mr. Gedlu holding a “Kill Trump” sign, detained him as he screamed, “kill the President.”

The United States Secret Service conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Dallas and Richardson Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rebekah Ricketts prosecuted the case.

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Erin Dooley, Public Affairs Officer 214-659-8707 erin.dooley@usdoj.gov
Updated April 24, 2020