News Release
March 26, 2010
Contact: Casey McEnry
Number: 415-436-7994

Tulelake Man Charged in Making a Threat and
Possessing Firearms

MAR 26 -- SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Anthony D. Williams, announced today that a federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment charging Micah James Godfrey, 37, of Tulelake, with interstate communication of a threat to injure the person of another and with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

This case is the product of a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the U.S. Park Service Rangers, and the Tulelake Police Department.   

According to Assistant United States Attorney Richard Bender, who is prosecuting the case, the indictment alleges that on March 5, 2010, Godfrey e-mailed a message to an Internet Web site threatening to kill DEA agents and their families. A previously filed complaint states that six days later Godfrey allegedly waved a firearm at two park maintenance employees and was arrested by U.S. Park Rangers at the Lava Beds National Monument Park in Siskiyou County. Godfrey, a twice convicted felon, was found in possession of a .44-caliber black powder revolver that had been converted to fire .45-caliber centerfire ammunition. Police also found two .22-caliber rifles at Godfrey’s home.

If convicted of the charges, Godfrey faces a maximum statutory penalty for the threat charge of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, and a three-year term of supervised release.  The maximum statutory penalty for a violation of the felon in possession of firearm statute is 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and a three-year term of supervised release.  The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

The charges are only allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Indictment >>

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