Pearl River County inmate admits threatening Obama

rfitzgerald@sunherald.comJuly 3, 2014 

GULFPORT -- An inmate at the Pearl River County jail has pleaded guilty to making threats against President Barack Obama.

Federal court records show Bobby Lamar Boone, 42, has admitted mailing a letter to the FBI in which he said, "BOOM BOOM Dear Mr. President Obama, good bye,,, It will be over for you very soon thanks to me … don't you wish you knew who I was! You will soon enough."

The letter was postmarked May 29 in Gulfport and had a return address of 200 Main Street in Poplarville. That's the address of the Pearl River County Courthouse.

An FBI agent in Gulfport contacted the U.S. Secret Service, and they linked the letter to Boone, a Secret Service agent said in a criminal complaint.

Boone was being held at the Pearl River County jail on a charge of taking away of a motor vehicle.

According to the complaint, Boone told investigators he "hates the military and my brother was hurt in Afghanistan. I don't care what I'm in jail for, I've been in jail all my life. I used to go to banks and tell people I'd kill people."

The letter included a picture of the president's limousine and contained phrases referring to Obama as a Muslim and a black racist.

Boone allegedly told authorities he also had written a letter making a bomb threat against the federal courthouse in Biloxi. The federal courthouse on the Coast has been in Gulfport for several years.

That letter had not been mailed, and was found at the Pearl River County jail.

The agent said the letter had a picture of a courthouse and said, "BOOM 05, 04, 03, 02, 01 BOOM...RUN NOW QUICK!"

Court documents show Boone was convicted of a bank robbery in federal court in Portland, Ore., in 1999, had been sent back to prison on a probation violation, and had lived with his grandmother in Lumberton from March 2013 until June 2013.

The agent said family members described Boone as "someone who would attack the president for attention."

During an interview June 13, Boone reportedly admitted stealing several weapons from relatives while living with his grandmother, and gave a statement that also said he may need mental help.

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