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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nevada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Man Convicted Of Threatening To Take The Life Of The President Of The United States

RENO, Nev.—A man was convicted on Wednesday for threatening to take the life of the President of the United States, announced U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada.

“Threatening to take the life of the nation’s Commander in Chief will be taken seriously and investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden.

Steven Eugene Ford, aka Job Ford, aka Eleazar Melchizedek, 50, was found guilty of making a threat to take the life of the President of the United States. Ford was charged by a grand jury on March 9, 2016. United States District Judge Howard D. McKibben presided over the jury trial.

According to court documents, on or about March 1, 2016, Ford told a White House telephone operator that “I’m going to kill that president. I hate him.” During an interview, Ford admitted to making the threats.

Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 7, 2017. Ford faces the statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian L. Sullivan.

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Updated November 17, 2016