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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Niagara County Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening The President

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051 

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Jared Brown, 19, of Niagara County, NY, pleaded guilty to threatening the President of the United States. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott S. Allen, Jr., who is handling the case, stated that on September 6, 2015, the defendant called the Lockport City Police Department through the 911 Emergency Call Center and made oral threats over the telephone. During this call, Brown stated to an employee that he would kill President Obama. When a Secret Service Agent asked the hypothetical question what Brown would do if the President walked into the interview room, Brown said he would shoot him.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the United States Secret Service, under the direction of Assistant Special Agent in Charge Thomas Braun.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 15, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.

Updated June 8, 2016