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Ontario, Ore. Man Arrested by Feds Following Threat to President, GPS Removal


  • Malheur County Sheriff's Office
  • Stephen Gene Smith

An Ontario, Ore., man has been arrested, charged with threats against the president of the United States.

The criminal complaint against Stephen Gene Smith was signed Oct. 30 by U.S. District Judge Thomas Coffin. 

According to the U.S. Secret Service, Smith authored a letter in August "threatening to the assassinate the president."  According to the complaint Smith wrote:
"I plan to take a 9mm that I can gain access to and skip ... parole and go to D.C. and attempt to kill Mr. Barock Obama, the President of the United States."
According to the complaint, a Secret Service agent interviewed Smith while he was still in custody at the Malheur County Jail. Prosecutors said Smith "has a lengthy criminal history, including felony convictions for robbery and burglary. He has also used methamphetamine in the past."  

Smith was released from the Malheur County Jail on Oct. 23 and placed on GPS monitoring. He was also ordered not to leave Ontario.

Federal officials were notified Oct. 30 that the GPS device had been removed from Smith's body. Smith was apprehended a short time later. No further details were immediately available, but Smith is expected to appear in in a federal courtroom at the U.S. Courthouse in Boise on Monday, Nov. 2.