Boardman teen indicted for making threats against federal law enforcement officers
A Boardman teen was indicted in federal court Wednesday for making threats against federal law enforcement officers.
A Boardman teen was indicted in federal court Wednesday for making threats against federal law enforcement officers
Justin Olsen,18, was indicted on one count of threatening to assault and abet others to assault federal law enforcement officers engaged in the performance of official duties and making interstate threats.
The first count carries a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in prison while the interstate threats charges carry a statutory max of five years.
Olsen, on June 2, threatened to shoot every federal law agent on sight, according to the indictment.
Agents also said they found an array of "stockpiled" weapons at his father's home, including 10,000 rounds of ammunition and a machete in the trunk of his car.
“Every law enforcement officer takes an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. “Anyone who threatens those same law enforcement agents is committing a crime, not engaging in some form of protected speech. When those threats are made, especially where someone possesses the means to act on those threats, we take it seriously and will seek criminal charges.”
"Protecting citizens’ freedom of speech is a main priority for the FBI, but when you call for the killing of federal officers you have crossed the line,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric B. Smith. “The FBI will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to assess and disrupt threats of physical harm to any citizen. Law enforcement encourages the public to report suspicious online or in-person behavior, see something, say something."
Olsen remains in custody at the Mahoning County Jail after a federal court hearing Friday regarding a potential release, which was denied.
“This case is a good example of how local and federal law enforcement works together to address threats to the safety of our community. The federal prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in this matter highlights the serious nature of his actions," said Boardman Police Chief Todd Werth.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum, and in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Boardman Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Yasmine Makridis are prosecuting it.