McKees Rocks man jailed in Obama, Secret Service threats

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A McKees Rocks man has been jailed until he can face federal charges that he threatened two U.S. Secret Service agents who investigated several threats he allegedly made against President Barack Obama, some posted through the White House website.

Jesse Almendarez's public defender opposed Monday's detention order saying her client is mentally ill and has nonetheless lived in the community successfully.

But, according to Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE, U.S. Magistrate Judge Lisa Lenihan was concerned by FBI claims that Almendarez, 34, called a Goodwill thrift store trying to buy a gun in April.

Public defender Marketa Sims said her client's psychiatric illness isn't reason enough to jail him. Lenihan said she may reconsider if Almendarez is assigned to an inpatient program that would monitor his whereabouts.