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Richland Center man indicted for presidential threat


MADISON (WKOW) -- A federal grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday against Elwyn Fossedal, the man accused of threatening to kill the president.

Fossedal is charged with making a threat to take the life of the President of the United States.

The indictment alleges that on October 15, Fossedal made a number of threats, including saying, "If President Obama was here I would shoot him right there and kill him right now," and "I am going to kill Obama. I am."

Fossedal was originally charged in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court on November 21.  He appeared in U.S. District Court on November 22, and has been held in federal custody since that time.

If convicted, Fossedal faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.

Secret Service agents noted in their complaint that Fossedal recently lost his wife of 57 years and that "he is displacing his grief of her loss with anger towards Protectees of this service and others."

Fossedal also faces charges in Wisconsin. He is charged with battery of a law enforcement officer and bail jumping, along with a misdemeanor charge of battery after an incident with his daughter.

Fossedal's attorney says his client grew agitated during a meeting October 16 with authorities when they suggested he be temporarily placed at the Mendota Mental Health Institute. Attorney Gerald Opgenorth told 27 News that Fossedal allegedly battered police officers and resisted arrest at that time.

A day after Fossedal was released from the mental health facility, Opgenorth says Fossedal allegedly battered his adult daughter.

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