Last Modified: Saturday, June 09, 2012 1:16 PM
A federal prison inmate pleaded not guilty Thursday to making threats against Vice President Joe Biden.
Federal court documents allege that Kurt Michael Adams tried to mail two letters to the White House threatening Biden’s life.
He was indicted in May on two counts of making threats against the vice president.
The indictment said one letter, sent March 16, stated the defendant “intended to take the life of Vice President Joseph Biden by shooting him in the back of the head.”
A second letter, sent March 20, said Adams would kill the vice president when he was released from prison.
Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay appointed a federal public defender to represent Adams and told him he faces up to five years in prison on each count if convicted.
Adams could also face a fine of up to $250,000 and a term of supervised release not to exceed three years on each count, Kay said.
Judge Patricia Minaldi sentenced another prison inmate on April 26 to five years for a similar crime.
Carlton Neil Norah, incarcerated at Oakdale Correctional Center, sent a letter threatening President Barack Obama and his family.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John Walker told Minaldi the letter was the most disturbing that he’s ever read. Minaldi agreed and said Norah needed to remain locked up for his own good.
Judge Kay said a trial date in Adams’ case will be set during a scheduling conference July 26.