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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tygart Valley Inmate Convicted Of Threatening The President


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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Robert Dale Tasker, 44, an inmate at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in Belington, West Virginia, was convicted in federal court today for threatening the President, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

An investigation by the United States Secret Service revealed that in December 2013, while incarcerated at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, Tasker wrote a letter threatening to kill the President of the United States.

Tasker pled guilty today to one count of “Threats Against the President of the United States.” He faces up to five years in prison and fine of up to $250,000.00. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Bernard prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull presided.

Updated January 7, 2015