CLEVELAND (AP) – Authorities say a Cleveland man who called the U.S. Secret Service and threatened to kill President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been indicted in federal court.
An indictment issued Wednesday says 35-year-old Jonathan Smead is charged with threatening to kill the president and threatening bodily harm to Clinton. A Secret Service agent says in an arrest warrant that Smead made the threats Feb. 28. The agent says Smead told the agent the next day he’d been drinking and watching “West Wing” when he made the call but didn’t want to harm them.
Smead’s public defender didn’t return messages seeking comment.
The affidavit says Smead’s sister told the agent her brother had been mentally distraught and is obsessed with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
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