Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty To Obama Threats

Ponca City Now - October 16, 2013 10:29 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – An Oklahoma man has pleaded guilty to charges that he threatened the president and first lady in telephone calls made to the Secret Service in 2011.

In federal court Tuesday, 50-year-old Mark Dee Gragg admitted making the calls but said he engaged only in "careless talk." However, Gragg acknowledged that he never told agents that he was joking or that he intended no harm to President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

The Tulsa World reported that Gragg was indicted early in 2012 but hearings were delayed amid questions about Gragg’s competence. A magistrate found Gragg competent and set sentencing for Jan. 27.

By the time the sentencing date arrives, Gragg will have spent more time in custody than what sentencing guidelines suggest as a prison term.

 

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