Indictment: Man made threats to president

A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging a Youngstown man with making threats against President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.

Frederick Watt, 33 , is accused of making the threats by telephone to Trumbull County 911 operators on March 24.

He was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Cleveland on one count of threatening the president and one count of threatening others.

If convicted, Watts’ sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including his prior criminal record, if any, his role in the offenses and the unique characteristics of the violations.

The sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum, and in most cases it will be less than the maximum, the federal prosecutors said.

Threatening the president is listed as a class D felony, punishable by five to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 maximum fine, a $100 special assessment and three years of supervised release.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy Kelley following an investigation by the United States Secret Service.