March 22, 2018
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Jonesboro man who allegedly threatened Obama pleads not guilty to gun charges

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Jonesboro man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Michael Thomas Jadu, also known as Michael Henry Wenrich Jr., 48, continues to be held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail.

He was indicted by a federal grand jury in Bangor on Sept. 14.

Jadu, who originally was charged under the name Wenrich, reportedly threatened to shoot a Jonesboro town employee and President Barack Obama last month. He has not been charged in state or federal court with threatening.

On Aug. 20 Wenrich walked into the U.S. Coast Guard station in Jonesport and told 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 the complaint.

After one member of the Coast Guard saw what he believed to be a handgun in the duffel bag Wenrich was carrying, another asked to search the bag, the complaint states. In it the employee found a .22-caliber revolver, 29 rounds of ammunition, a leafy green substance believed to be marijuana and a white powdery substance in a small vial.

Investigators also found a rifle and ammunition at his home, according to court documents.

Wenrich was prohibited from possessing guns because of a 1998 conviction for fleeing a police officer in Pontiac, Mich., according to court documents.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gail Malone, who is prosecuting the case, has filed a motion asking that Jadu continue to be held without bail. His attorney, Federal Public Defender Virginia Villa, has asked that he be released to a halfway house in Portland run by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons so his mental health issues can be addressed.

A date for a bail hearing has not been set.

If convicted, Wenrich faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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