A federal grand jury sitting in Elkins this week indicted the Marshall County man who allegedly threatened to injure or kill President Barack Obama.
Ryan Alan Kirker, 20, of McMechen, was indicted on one felony count of threats against the president Tuesday at the Jennings Randolph Federal Center.
According to a press release issued Wednesday by the office of William J. Ihlenfeld II, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, Kirker allegedly mailed a letter "threatening to take the life of or inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States" in April.
If convicted, Kirker faces confinement for up to five years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Perri and was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service.
Kirker is currently being held without bond at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville.
Four other individuals from Grant and Hardy counties were also named in three additional indictments handed down in federal court Tuesday.
- Daniel Joseph Nascembeni, 71, of Petersburg, was named in a two-count indictment charging him with one felony count of mail fraud and one felony count of false statement of material fact in application for Social Security Income benefits. Nascembeni allegedly used two different names and two separate Social Security numbers to fraudulently obtain Supplemental Society Security Income, or SSI, benefits, food stamp benefits and welfare benefits.
If convicted, Nascembeni faces confinement for up to 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine on the mail fraud charge and up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine on the false statements charge. His case was investigated by the Social Security Administration.
- Christopher Michael Fischer, 27, of Moorefield, and Roger Allen See, 23, of Lost River, were both named in Count 1 of a seven-count indictment charging them each with felony conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. According to the release, Fischer is named in six additional felony counts charging him with possession of material and pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
See is named in one additional felony count charging him with possession of material and pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
If convicted, Fischer and See face terms of up of to 20 years in federal prison and fines of $1 million on six counts and up to 10 years in federal prison and $250,000 fines on one count.
The case was investigated by the Moorefield Police Department.
- Jack Francis Gibbins, 35, of Moorefield, was named in a two-count indictment charging him with one felony count of distribution of heroin and one felony count of possession with intent to distribute heroin and oxycodone.
If convicted, Gibbins faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine on each count.
The Hardy County Sheriff's Department investigated Gibbins' case.
The cases of Nascembeni, Fischer, See and Gibbins will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner.
Indictments are merely formal accusations and not evidence of guilt; each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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