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Springs man charged with threats to kill Obama

By: JOHN C. ENSSLIN
January 10, 2011
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Federal prosecutors have charged a man who allegedly walked into the Colorado Springs FBI office earlier this month and threatened to kill President Barack Obama.

Donald Edward Hatten, 47, of 228 N. Tejon St., was charged in U.S. District Court in Denver with one count of making threats against the president.

According to an affidavit by U.S. Secret Service agent Melissa T. Blake, Hatten told an FBI agent on Jan. 6 that “I want to stop the voices and I intend to kill the president.”

Hatten also told the agent that he had been paroled three days earlier on a conviction for child pornography and that he was having suicidal thoughts, the affidavit stated.

The FBI said Hatten described a plan to hitchhike to his father’s home in Pennsylvania, retrieve a gun and continue to Washington D.C., where he would confront Secret Services agents at the White House.

By doing so, Hatten said he hoped his father and wife would speak to him again, the FBI reported.

“Hatten further stated that if he could not kill (Obama), he hoped that agents of the Secret Service would shoot and kill him,” Blake wrote.

After allegedly making the statements, Hatten was taken to a local hospital where he consented to a psychiatric evaluation and later was placed on an involuntary 72-hour hold.

Blake said a counselor at the hospital described Hatten as being a threat to himself and others.

If convicted, Hatten could face up to five years in prison and or a $250,000 fine.

For more court coverage, visit “The Sidebar” blog at gazette.com

 

 

 

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