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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Fayette County Man Admits Threating The President, His Family

PITTSBURGH -- A resident of the Uniontown, Pa., area, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of threats against the President and the members of the immediate family of the President, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Joseph H. Savage, 34, currently incarcerated for state convictions, pleaded guilty to two counts before Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill, Jr.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on or about Oct. 26, 2012, while incarcerated and awaiting disposition on state charges, Savage wrote a graphic letter to the White House threatening to kill the President and the President’s family.

Judge Cohill scheduled sentencing for June 17, 2015 at 4 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $500,000.00, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Shardul S. Desai is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Secret Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Savage.

Updated July 14, 2015