Youngstown Man Charged With Threatening President, First Lady

Barack Obama, Jeffrey Zients
President Barack Obama, accompanied by acting Budget Director Jeffrey Zients, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday April 10, 2013, to discuss his proposes fiscal 2014 federal budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

A Youngstown man is facing federal charges for threatening to kill President Obama and the First Lady.

Frederick Watt, 33, of 105 Rutledge Drive, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Cleveland on one count of threatening the President and one count of threatening others. The charge carries a maximum of 15 years in federal prison.

Watt, according to the indictment, called Trumbull County 911 dispatch on March 24 and threatened to kill and injure President Barack Obama, including threatening to “blow up” the president.

Watt also threatened to kill First Lady Michelle Obama, the indictment says.

The case was assigned to U.S. Northern District Judge Sara Lioi in Akron.

A Trumbull County 911 dispatch spokesman refused to release the call or the report of the call. He referred inquiries to the U.S. Secret Service, who is conducting the investigation.

Secret Service Special Agent in Charge of the Cleveland Office Smoke Everett said the case is a protective intelligence matter and he declined to comment.

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