California man indicted for second threatening letter

A man from Eureka, California, who had served prison time for sending a fake anthrax letter to the FBI was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday on charges that he wrote a threatening letter to President Obama.

In a letter mailed January 7, 2009, which was less than two weeks before Obama took the oath of office, Roger Hudnall, 54, wrote “I Will Kill the President,” according to the indictment handed down by the jury in San Francisco, reports.

Hudnall has been charged with making threats against the president and is currently in state custody for a previous conviction. Hudnall’s previous sentence in 2002 was for 21 months in a federal prison for the letter he mailed to the FBI’s San Francisco office, which was filled with baby powder that the letter claimed was anthrax.

The 2002 letter had the wrong FBI address and was returned to Hudnall’s former landlady in Arcata, California, whose return address was on the envelope, reports. Hudnall claimed that he sent the letter to scare his former landlord, who had evicted him, and to get her in potential trouble with the FBI.

The indictment came two days after charges were dropped against John Gimbell, 60, of Crescent City, California, who had been accused of a similar threatening crime. The jury could not come to a decision on whether or not Gimbel’s violent, racist e-mail was an empty rant or an actual threat, according to