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Former Morrill Co. man sentenced for threats to President, Gov. Ricketts and others

Former Morrill Co. man sentenced for threats to President, Gov. Ricketts and others
Jerrod H. Schmidt 2005 NDCS

A former Morrill County man has been sentenced to federal prison for making threats against the President, Nebraska’s governor and other state officials.

A federal judge sentenced 39-year-old Jerrod Hunter Schmidt of Kingman, Arizona to 37 months in prison Monday on two counts of threatening the President of the United States and two counts of making threatening interstate communications.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona says Schmidt made a series of calls to the Nebraska Court of Appeals, and on April 10th and 11th of this year left messages saying he would shoot and kill President Trump, as well harm a court clerk and other political figures, including Governor Ricketts.

Schmidt had been convicted of felony first degree sexual assault of a minor in 2005, and served more than nine years of a sentence of 10 to 20 years. During that time, the Nebraska court had rejected his appeals and affirmed his conviction.

Federal prosecutors say following completion of his sentence he made a series of calls to the appeals court, leaving messages regarding the court’s decision in his case, as well as the threats against the President and others this year.

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