Josh Randall McCallum
It appears that a man who is originally from Texas, who is serving time in prison at the Northeast Correctional Center near Bowling Green for burglary out of McDonald County, could be headed to federal prison for threatening President Barack Obama.
A federal indictment says that Josh Randall McCallum, 32, who was convicted in 2001 of two counts of first-degree burglary and tampering in McDonald County and again in 2007 for unlawful use of a weapon while he was in prison, sent a letter to the White House on August 3rd telling the Commander-In-Chief that he was going to be shot and that, "if I was out there I would do it myself or at least try to."
The letter continues: “When I get out, all those I’ve mentioned will be dealt with.”
The charge of threatening to kill the U.S. president carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.
McCallum is expected to appear in federal court on the charge later this week.
UPDATE August 18, 2009:
Convict From Neosho Sentenced For Threatening To Kill President Obama:
A man from Neosho serving time in a Missouri prison for burglary and tampering in McDonald County in 2001, has been sentenced for threatening to kill President Barack Obama.
The Ozarks Sentinel first told you about Josh Randall McCallum, 33, in October of last year after he pleaded guilty to sending the threat from the Bowling Green prison on August 3, 2009.
While serving time in prison, McCallum was charged with unlawful use of a weapon in Randolph County. He was given an additional five years in prison after pleading guilty to that charge.
McCallum was incarcerated at the Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green in August 2009 when he mailed the threatening letter that read in part, "The president needs to be shot....if I was out there I would do it myself or at least try to. When I get out, all those I’ve mentioned will be dealt with.”
The threat on the President's life will cost McCallum two and a half years behind bars in federal prison. He will also serve two years supervised release. He will begin serving the federal sentence after he is let out of state prison in 2018.
--McCallum was ordered to participate in mental health programs while in prison.