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California Man Indicted for Threatening Communications

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sacramento, California, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Interstate Communications of Threats to Injure.

Zackary Anthony Mitchell, age 22, was indicted on October 16, 2018.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on November 21, 2018, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 5 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between December 23, 2017, and January 14, 2018, Mitchell repeatedly texted the victim with threats to injure her and kill the victim’s family.

The charge is merely an accusation and Mitchell is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Elmore is prosecuting the case.   

Mitchell was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated November 21, 2018