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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty to Making Threats Against the President

ALBUQUERQUE – Tracy York White, of Las Cruces, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning in Las Cruces federal court to making threats against the President of the United States under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

White was arrested on Oct. 28, 2013, on a criminal complaint alleging that he threatened the President during a telephone conversation with an employee of the Social Security Administration in Cleveland, Ohio.

During today’s proceedings, White entered a guilty plea to a felony information charging him with threatening the President on Oct. 24, 2013, in Doña Ana County, N.M.  According to the information, White threatened to get a firearm, go to the White House, and kill the President.  In his plea agreement, White stated that he made the threat in frustration and knew what he was doing was wrong.

White is in federal custody and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.  At sentencing, White faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the U.S. Secret Service with assistance from the Las Cruces Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Luis A. Martinez of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.
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Updated January 26, 2015