A Frederick man was indicted by a federal grand jury for threatening President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris during the 2020 campaign.
The indictment was returned late Wednesday, according to federal prosecutors.
James Dale Reed, 42, had been charged with making the threat against a major candidate for president or vice president in late October.
According to federal prosecutors, Reed left a threatening letter on the doorstep of a neighbor who displayed Biden-Harris lawn signs in early October. The handwritten letter, with “WARNING” written in red ink at the top, threatened people who display Biden-Harris yard signs, as well as the candidates themselves, and other public figures with physical harm and execution.
If convicted, Reed faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison. The case was investigated by Frederick Police and the U.S. Secret Service.
“We take these types of threats extremely seriously. The right to vote and peacefully support the candidate of your choice are bedrocks of our democracy,” U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur said in a statement following the indictment. “Alleged conduct like this that threatens major candidates and fellow citizens only undermines our democracy and the principles upon which America was founded. We will hold accountable those who seek to intimidate, harass or dissuade Americans from exercising their right to vote.”