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March 12, 2013

Prison sentence issued in threat against president

BEAUMONT — An area man has been sentenced to federal prison time, after being convicted in December of making threats against the President of the United States from his state prison cell.

Joseph Scott Sword, 26, of Cooper, formerly of Commerce, pleaded guilty on Dec. 19, 2012, to making threats against the President and was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

According to information presented in court, on May 31, 2011, Sword, also known as “Stretch” who was incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), Stiles Unit, located in Jefferson County wrote a letter threatening the President and First Family. 

Sword stated that he was a member of a violent street gang called the Black P Stone and that he had men on the street watching the President and his family.  Sword was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 18, 2012.

Sword must complete the remainder of his state prison sentences of eight years for burglary and six years and six months for robbery before he will be transferred to federal prison to begin serving this 46 month sentence.

Sword listed a Commerce address at the time, was indicted by the Hunt County grand jury in 2007 on one count of aggravated robbery. Sword was charged in connection with an incident from Sept. 2, 2007 in which he was alleged to have stolen money from a female victim while threatening her with a knife.

 Sword pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of robbery in December 2008 and was sentenced to six years and six months in prison.

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