Denise O'Neal, 57, is accused of sending a letter to
President Obama on November 28, telling him she was going to
Washington to kill him, court records show. She faces up to five
years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
When U.S. Secret Service agents interviewed O'Neal about the
letter on December 19, she told them she intended to carry out
her threat, according to the criminal complaint filed in the
At that point, the Houston Police Department Crisis Intervention
Response Team evaluated O'Neal and found her to be a threat to
herself or others and transported her to a local hospital,
according to the complaint.
This is the second time O'Neal has been charged with threatening
a sitting president.
According to the complaint, O'Neal pleaded guilty to sending
letters in 2008 threatening to kill President George W. Bush and
threatening to kill her probation officer in 2009 in North
She had previously pleaded guilty to sending threatening letters
in 2005 in California, documents showed.
(Editing by Brendan O'Brien, Sharon Bernstein and Ken Wills)
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