Local man accused of threatening Bush

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 22-year-old Lawrenceville man was indicted Tuesday on charges of sending letters threatening the life of the president, a U.S. attorney said Wednesday.

While Michael Robert Dejong, 22, was housed at the Gwinnett County jail serving time for other charges, Dejong mailed a letter addressed to "Clerks of Court, 75 Langley Drive" in Lawrenceville, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office press release.

"A threat against the life of the president must be taken seriously no matter the circumstances," said U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias in the release. "We have no tolerance for those who make such threats and they will face federal prosecution."

Patrick Crosby, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, said the letter was sent by Dejong on April 17.

According to the release, the letter contained specific threats to kill the president and called for others to help. Dejong also indicated his letter was contaminated with anthrax, but no toxic substance was found, the release said.

Crosby said Dejong was indicted by a federal grand jury late Tuesday, charging one count of sending threatening communications through the U.S. mail with letters pertaining to President Bush.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

When asked if the April 17 letter was the only threat made by Dejong, Crosby said he could only comment on the current indictment charges.

Stacey Bourbonnais, Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman, said Dejong was booked into the Gwinnett County jail in June 2006 on 13 counts of credit card fraud and two counts violation of probation.

Bourbonnais said Dejong was sentenced and moved to the Comprehensive Correctional Complex on April 17.

Crosby said Dejong is expected to appear in front of a U.S. magistrate for an initial appearance and bond hearing within a week