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Former National Guardsman Sentenced for Threatening to Kill Vice President Pence

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A resident of Berlin, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to six months incarceration, followed by six months home detention with electronic monitoring; immediate mental health evaluation/treatment program and three years’ supervised release on his conviction of making a threat against the Vice President of the United States, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on William R. Dunbar, 23.

According to information presented to the court, on Sept. 8, 2017, while on military duty in Johnstown, Pa., Dunbar made a threat against the Vice President of the United States, who was to arrive in Johnstown on Sept. 11, 2017. Three witnesses heard Dunbar specifically state he would kill the Vice President.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie L. Haines, prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Mr. Brady commended the United States Secret Service for the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Dunbar.

Updated March 9, 2018

Violent Crime