81-year old Wisconsin man accused of threatening to shoot president


Federal officials said an 81-year-old man from Wisconsin was arrested on suspicion of making threats against President Barack Obama, The Associated Press reports.

Elwyn Nels Fossedal was arrested by federal agents after Fossedal made an alleged threat at the Richland Center, Wisconsin, post office on Oct. 15.

According to a federal criminal complaint posted by The Smoking Gun, Fossedal said, "If President Obama was here I would shoot him right there and kill him right now."

The AP said U.S. Secret Service agents interviewed Fossedal the day after the incident. The agents said the man refused to recant the threat, and went on to make additional threats against the president.

Fossedal was formally charged Nov. 21.

Federal agents said Fossedal recently lost his wife of 57 years, and was displacing his anger toward the president and others protected by the Secret Service, The Smoking Gun reported.

The website said if Fossedal is convicted of making the threat, he faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Richland Center is located in Richland County in southwestern Wisconsin.

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