Frederick Man Charged With Threatening Presidential, Vice Presidential Candidates Held Until Trial

He had his initial appearance in federal court on Wednesday.

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Baltimore, Md (KM) A Frederick man whose charged with making threats to a major Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate was ordered held until trial. James Dale Reed, 42, had his initial appearance in US District Court in Baltimore on Wednesday.

He was indicted last year by a federal grand jury for making threats to then Presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris. The threats were written in a letter left on the doorstep of a home on Kline Boulevard in October, 2020. The residents had several signs on their property expressing support for Biden and Harris.

If convicted, Reed could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison, along with a fine of $250,000 and three years of supervised release.

During his court appearance, federal prosecutors said Reed should be held until trial, claiming he was a danger to the community. His attorney asked for a hearing to determine if Reed can be released until his trial. A hearing on that issue will be held on Monday, March eighth at 11:30 AM.

Reed was convicted last week in Frederick County District Court of voter intimidation. But was acquitted of one count of threat of mass violence. He was sentenced to two years with all but time served (132 days) suspended. He was put on three years of supervised probation.


By Kevin McManus