From the U.S. Attorney's Office/Eastern District of Texas
TYLER, Texas – A 28-year-old Rusk, Texas man has pleaded guilty to making threats against the President of the United States of America in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.
Robert Lee Berkley, Jr., pleaded guilty on Feb. 23, 2011, to making threats against the President before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.
According to information presented in court, on June 16, 2010, Berkley, who was incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), Hodge Unit, located in Rusk, Texas, wrote a letter claiming that upon his release from TDCJ, he planned to travel to Washington, D.C., in order to kill President Barak Obama and the First Family. Berkley confirmed his plan during at least two separate interviews with law enforcement officers. He was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 14, 2010.
Berkley faces up to five years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.