, Port Arthur, Texas

March 12, 2013

Inmate sentenced for threatening President

The Port Arthur News

BEAUMONT — A 26-year-old Cooper, Texas, man who is incarcerated in Jefferson County has been sentenced to federal prison for making threats against the President of the United States.

Joseph Scott Sword, also known as Stretch, pleaded guilty on Dec. 19, to making threats against the President and was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

According to information presented in court, on May 31, 2011, Sword, who was incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Stiles Unit, wrote a letter threatening the President and First Family.  Sword stated that he was a member of a violent street gang called the Black P Stone and that he had men on the street watching the President and his family.  Sword was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 18, 2012.

Sword must complete the remainder of his state prison sentences of 8 years for burglary and 6 1/2 years for robbery before he will be transferred to federal prison to begin serving this 46 month sentence.