A man on federal probation for bank robbery asked an officer what he must do to return to prison moments before he threatened to kill President Barack Obama and threw a brick through a window of the Columbus federal courthouse earlier this month, authorities say.
Lance Emanuel Brown appeared in U.S. District Court Wednesday on a charge of malicious mischief/damage to government property. Accused of throwing a brick through a door window of the 12th Street federal courthouse on July 8, Brown walked away from U.S. Magistrate Stephen Hyles in silence when asked how he would plead. Hyles then entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
According to an affidavit by FBI agent Gordon Hurley, Brown met with a probation officer at the courthouse and asked what he needed to do to go back to prison.
After making this inquiry, Brown threatened to kill the president of the United States, Hurley states.
Brown then left the courthouse, grabbed a brick and returned. He then threw the brick at a courthouse door, shattering its glass and causing more than $1,000 in damage, the affidavit states.
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