Texas inmate admits threatening Obama

February 25, 2011 10:31:10 AM PST
A Texas prison system inmate has pleaded guilty to making a written threat against President Barack Obama. Prosecutors on Friday announced 28-year-old Robert Lee Berkley Jr. of Rusk pleaded guilty to making threats against the president.

No sentencing date was immediately set by a federal magistrate in Tyler. Berkley, who pleaded guilty Wednesday, faces up to five years in federal prison.

Investigators say Berkley last June was in the Hodge Unit when he wrote a letter claiming, when he's released, he planned to travel to Washington in order to kill the president and his family. Berkley was indicted last July.

A spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice did not immediately return a message Friday from The Associated Press to provide details on Berkley's state imprisonment.