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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 15, 2014

Houston Woman Pleads Guilty To Making Threat Against President Obama

HOUSTON – Teddy Bear Paradise, formerly known as Denise O’Neal, 56, has entered a guilty plea to one count of making a threat against President Obama, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

At the hearing today, Paradise admitted to mailing a letter to President Obama in which she told him that she was coming to Washington D.C. to murder him. She also admitted to telling two Secret Service agents of her intention to kill the President, claiming that if she could not do it, she would find someone else to murder.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 7, 2014, before U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller. At that time, she faces up to five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine. She will remain in custody pending that hearing.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Searle is prosecuting.

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Updated April 30, 2015