A Mississippi man has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for threatening to kill President Barack Obama and to blow up a hospital that refused to do surgery on his wife.
David Williams, 45, of Attala County in north central Mississippi, was arrested in July after University of Mississippi Medical Center officials in Jackson reported that he made the threat during an irate telephone call. He pleaded guilty Aug. 31 to two charges: threatening Obama and using a telephone to threaten to damage a building with explosives. He could have faced up to 15 years in prison.
U.S. District Judge W. Allen Pepper sentenced Williams during a hearing Thursday in Greenville. Williams also was sentenced to three years supervised release after he gets out of prison and ordered to take alcohol and anger management classes. He will get credit for about five months he's been held in jail, said Krisi Allen, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Oxford.
Secret Service agent Ronald McCormick said in a sworn statement filed in court records that Williams called the hospital July 19 to schedule surgery for his wife. Williams was told the hospital wouldn't do the surgery, and he threatened to blow up the hospital and kill Obama, using a racial epithet to describe the president, McCormick's statement said. Williams made the threats during a conversation with hospital operator Alfreda Fairley.
Williams' attorney did not immediately respond to messages Friday.
Jack Mazurak, a hospital spokesman, has said privacy laws prohibit him from disclosing details about Williams' wife's ailments. McCormick's statement said only that Williams' wife went to the hospital for various health problems, but did not say exactly what was wrong with her.