An inmate at the Nebraska State Penitentiary has been charged with making a threat against the President of the United States. Last April, 20-year old Loren James Hamlin began serving a 3-5 year sentence for Burglary in Red Willow County.
According to the indictment, on or about September 29, Hamlin sent a threatening letter in the mail. The letter contained a threat to take the life of the President. It specifically stated that when he is released from prison, he would, “track down” the President and kill him.
The indictment does not say whether the letter made it out of the prison itself.
A spokesperson for the Nebraska State Corrections could not confirm if it had, pending the ongoing investigation and criminal proceedings. Dawn-Renee Smith says, "Inmate mail is not read by correctional staff as a matter of course prior to sending. Mail to federal officials is considered privileged and is not read by correctional staff. There are occasions when an inmate’s mail may be monitored for a specific time period because of special circumstances, but I am unaware this was such a case. Each piece of outgoing mail is stamped with the following language: “Notice! This correspondence was mailed by an inmate confined in an institution operated by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. Its contents are uncensored.”
Records show Hamlin would have been eligible for parole in April 2012 and his projected release was September 2013.
If convicted, the maximum penalty he would face is 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years supervised released, along with a $100 special assessment.