Mississippi Resident Charged with Sending Threatening Communications to President, Others

OXFORD, MS–(ENEWSPF)–April 18, 2013.  Felicia C. Adams, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, and Daniel McMullen, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Mississippi, today announced that Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, of Corinth, Mississippi, has been arrested on a criminal complaint charging him with (1) knowingly depositing for conveyance in the mail and for delivery from any post office any letter, paper, writing, or document containing threats to take the life of or to inflict bodily harm upon the president of the United States; and (2) knowingly depositing and causing to be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service according to the directions thereon communications addressed to other persons and containing a threat to injure the person of others.

If convicted on these charges, Curtis faces maximum possible penalties of 15 years in prison, $500,000 in fines, and three years of supervised release.

Curtis is expected to appear in the U.S. District Court in Oxford, Mississippi, later today before U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander. The arrest is based on federal charges. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

The arrest resulted from a cooperative investigation by the FBI-Mississippi and Memphis Joint Terrorism Task Forces, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Capitol Police, the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Northern District of Mississippi and the Western District of Tennessee, and the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, assisted by the following state and local agencies: Mississippi National Guard 47th Civil Support, Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Prentiss County Sheriff’s Office, Corinth Police Department, Tupelo Police Department, and Booneville Police Department.

The public is reminded to be vigilant in alerting any suspicious letters or activity to the appropriate authorities.