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Sun Dec 4, 2016, 11:05 PM

Man who threatened Obama to remain jailed

A Medford man convicted of using social media to threaten the lives of President Obama and federal officers won't be assigned to a federal halfway house while awaiting his March sentencing because he remains a public threat, according to a federal judge.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark D. Clarke told 62-year-old John Martin Roos Monday, "I can't come up with any conditions that satisfy me" that Roos would not be a public threat if released from the Jackson County Jail while awaiting his March 16 sentencing to a federal prison term of up to 10 years.

Defense attorney Brian Butler had requested that Roos be released to a federal residential re-entry center so he can get treatment for use of unspecified illegal drugs instead of waiting to get treatment at a federal prison after sentencing.

Although saying he agreed that Roos needed drug treatment, U.S. Attorney William Fitzgerald told Clarke that the combination of the death threats and his guilty plea for possessing illegal explosives render Roos unfit for release pending sentencing.

Read more: http://www.mailtribune.com/news/20161128/man-who-threatened-obama-to-remain-jailed

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