North Charleston man accused of threatening to kill President, destroy Navy brig (updated)

This one certainly goes into the "out of the blue file."

The US Attorney's Office says Steven Cucuzzella made threats to use biological weapons to kill those at the Navy brig in Charleston, and also threatened to kill President George W. Bush.

Cucuzzella, 25, of North Charleston is facing some 10 years in jail and up to $250,000 in fines.

NBC News 2 and Live 5 News both have short reports with some more details.

Again, crazy.

Update January 14: Here's the text from the full press release:

United States Attorney W. Walter Wilkins stated today that Steven Cucuzzella, age 25, of North Charleston, was charged in a two-count Indictment with threatening the President and mailing threatening communications, violations of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 871 and 876.

Count One charges that on September 26, 2008, Cucuzzella mailed a letter containing a threat to destroy the Naval Brig in Charleston and to use biological weapons to injure government officials.

Count Two charges that on October 1, 2008, Cucuzzella threatened to take the life of President George W. Bush.

The maximum penalty that Cucuzzella could receive is a fine of $250,000 and imprisonment for ten years.

Mr. Wilkins stated that the case was investigated by agents of the Secret Service and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and that he has assigned the case to Assistant United States Attorney Rhett DeHart of the Charleston office for prosecution.

The United States Attorney stated that all charges in this Indictment are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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