U.S. Deborah R. Gilg said Thursday that Loren James Hamlin, 21, formerly of McCook, was sentenced to two years in prison making threats against the President of the United States.
U.S. District Judge Richard G. Kopf handed down the sentence.
At the time the threats were made, Hamlin was an inmate at the Nebraska Penal and Correctional Complex, with about two years remaining on a burglary sentence.
In September 2011, Hamlin put a letter in the prison’s mail system, addressed to the “White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington D.C.”
Prison officials turned the letter over to the United States Secret Service.
The letter was addressed to the President and stated that when Hamlin was released from prison, he would find the President and kill him.
When interviewed by the Secret Service, Hamlin admitted he wrote the letter, Gilg said. He also told agents that the letter expressed what he was feeling when he wrote it, but said it was hard to know how he would feel when he is released in a couple years.
Kopf ruled that the sentence imposed today will run consecutively to Hamlin’s state sentence, meaning he will serve an additional two years.