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Richardson man indicted on charge of threatening President Trump described as ‘sick’

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A Richardson man has been indicted by a grand jury in Dallas on a charge of threatening President Donald Trump.

Mickael Gedlu “did knowingly and willfully make a threat to take the life of, and to inflict bodily harm upon” the president between on or about Dec. 29, 2018, and June 3, 2019, according to a one-page federal indictment filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern Division of Texas.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to give details about the case, other than to note that Gedlu made his first court appearance in the case Thursday.

Gedlu’s father, Gizaw, told the Star-Telegram Thursday that his 33-year-old son is a “sick person.”

He said his son is disabled and mentally confused and has gone to many doctors because of mental issues.

When he got home from work Wednesday, Gizaw Gedlu said he learned that agents had been to his Richardson home and arrested his son.

The indictment referred to 18 U.S. Code 871, which states that anyone who puts in the mail a written threat against top officials, including the president, commits a federal felony and faces a fine and/or jail time up to five years.

Gizaw Gedlu said he doesn’t know what his son did to prompt this charge, but he said his son writes a fair amount of emails.

He also said his son watches the news and then, at times, goes outside and shouts about it — and about the president.

“That’s his problem,” said Gizaw Gedlu, 71. “He talks too much, simply.

“Doctors give him medicine. Sometimes he’s not taking it.”

The judge assigned to the case, David L. Horan, filed a request this week asking for the case to be assigned to a different judge. Court records show it was reassigned to U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma Carrillo Ramirez.

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Anna M. Tinsley grew up in a journalism family and has been a reporter for the Star-Telegram since 2001. She has covered the Texas Legislature and politics for more than two decades and has won multiple awards for political reporting, most recently a third place from APME for deadline writing. She is a Baylor University graduate.
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