Looney alert: Man who threatened to kill Obama adds U.S. judge to list of targets
A Dequincy inmate convicted of sending death threat letters to President Obama while incarcerated has added a new target to his list. U.S. District Judge Richard Haik, the judge who presided over the case of Mikael Minton, has also received a death threat letter from the convict — and has since recused himself from Minton’s sentencing.
The Advocate reports that Minton, who was doing time on drug charges at a Dequincy correctional facility, pleaded guilty in December to sending two letters to Obama — from jail — informing the president in those letters he was going to kill him with “a high-powered rifle.”
Prosecutors offered to drop one of the two threat charges, but the proud Minton declined.
Apparently Minton also wasn’t pleased with Haik’s behavior during the court proceedings. In a letter sent to Haik, Minton accuses Haik of keeping a perpetual grin on his face in the courtroom, telling Haik in the letter “you must think I’m a joke:”
Haik [during the court proceeding in which Minton pleaded guilty to threatening Obama] asked Minton if he was “crazy,” and Minton replied that he was not, although he did tell the judge that he has been treated for mental problems in the past and was taking anti-psychotic medication.
The letter states that Minton will not be stopped unless he is killed, and adds that he will take certain measures to make sure that doesn’t happen.
“I am writing to let you know your life is going to come to a very bad ending,” Minton allegedly wrote in a letter to U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik. “You must think you are untouchable sitting up in your chair with my life in your hands.”
Haik took the cautious approach to dealing with Minton’s letter: He recused himself from the case and asked that the sentencing be transferred to another judge. Good move, your honor.
It’s not clear yet whether Minton will be charged with more federal crimes for his latest letter-writing stint. He faces up to five years in prison for each of the threatening the president charges.
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