Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 23, 2013

W.Va. man who threatened White House sentenced


Associated Press

ELKINS — The Moorefield man who threatened the White House has been sentenced to 10 months in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 46-year-old Patrick S. Crites was remanded to the custody of U.S. marshals last week after being sentenced in U.S. District Court in Elkins.

Crites was charged with transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce in November 2012.

The State Journal reports that Crites admitted to sending a threatening email to the White House.

According to court records, authorities traced the message, sent from Crites’ email account, to a computer terminal at the Moorefield Public Library in Hardy County.

He told Secret Service agents who came to question him a few days later that he was angry and having a bad day when he sent it.