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Man Indicted in Maryland for Threatening Federal Judge and President Obama

Yesterday in U.S. District Court in Maryland, a grand jury indicted a man named Willie Ray Bryant for mailing threats to U.S. District Judge William Quarles and President Barack Obama.

The indictment says that in September Bryant mailed “a communication” to Quarles “containing a threat to injure him with a mailed explosive device.” As for Obama, Bryant is accused of sending him a letter in October that stated, “I just hope Allah grants me the opportunity to be the one who chops off your head,” according to the indictment, along with “die, die, die!!!” and “If I ever get out I promise you I’m coming after you.”

The last phrase suggests Bryant is an inmate. According to online Maryland court records, a man of that name, born June 1970, was convicted of armed robbery in Wicomico County Circuit Court in 2004 and was sentenced to 40 years. The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services online inmate locator indicates Ray is incarcerated at the North Branch Correctional Institution, a maximum-security facility in Cumberland.

Update (11 a.m., Jan. 12): The Washington Post reports that Bryant is, indeed, the same Willie Ray Bryant who is serving time in Maryland for armed robbery.

Willie Ray Bryant Threat Indictment

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