BANGOR, Maine — A former Washington County man who last year threatened to shoot a Jonesboro town employee and President Barack Obama was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to time served or 63 days in jail.
Michael Thomas Jadu, formerly known as Michael Henry Wenrich Jr., 50, formerly of Jonesboro, pleaded guilty in June to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
In addition to prison time, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced Jadu to three years of supervised release.
Jadu, who originally was charged under the name Wenrich, on Aug. 20, 2012, walked into the U.S. Coast Guard station in Jonesport and t old personnel there that he was “an ‘undercover’ operative of the U.S. government and he needed to speak with the commander in chief,” according to court documents.
Although Jadu verbally threatened to shoot the president and a Jonesboro town clerk if his evidence established she was a traitor, he repeatedly denied to police that he had intended to hurt anyone, according to the sentencing memorandum filed by Federal Public Defender Virginia Villa, who represented Jadu. He also told police that the .22 caliber revolver he had in his duffle bag was for his own protection.
Jadu, who now lives in Bangor, was prohibited from having guns because he was convicted in 1998 of fleeing the police, a felony, in Pontiac, Mich.
Villa urged Woodcock to impose the time-served sentence so that the mental health treatment Jadu has been receiving since he was released on bail 63 days after his arrest could continue.
Jadu faced up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the prevailing federal sentencing guidelines, the recommended sentence was between 12 and 18 months.