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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nevada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Reno Man Sentenced To Prison For Making A Threat Against The President Of The United States

RENO, Nev. – A Reno man was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Howard D. McKibben to 36 months in prison and three years of supervised release for making a threat against the President of the United States, announced U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada.

 

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office takes all threats against the President of the United States seriously, and we will work with our law enforcement partners to bring those who make such threats to justice,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden.

 

Steven Eugene Ford, aka Job Ford, aka Eleazar Melchizedek, 51, was convicted by a jury on Nov. 16, 2016. He was charged by an indictment on March 9, 2016.

 

According to court documents, on or about March 1, 2016, Ford made a threat to take the life of the President of the United States. He told a White House telephone operator that “I’m going to kill that president. I hate him.” During an interview with law enforcement, Ford admitted to making the threats.

 

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 February 8, 2017