Texas Prison Inmate Sentenced For Threatening President

BEAUMONT (March 13, 2013)—Texas prison inmate Joseph Scott Sword, 26, has been sentenced to a federal term of nearly four years for writing a letter threatening President Barack Obama and his family.

In December Sword pleaded guilty to making a threat against the president.

He's an inmate of the Stiles Unit in Beaumont where he’s serving eight years for burglary in Hopkins County and more than six years for robbery in Hunt County.

Investigators say Sword wrote a letter last May from prison in which he said he’s a gang member and that the Obamas were being watched by fellow gang members on the street.

Sword will complete the rest of his state prison sentences before starting his federal term of 46 months.