Twenty-year-old Timothy Ryan Gutierrez of Cortez will be held at least until Tuesday, when he faces a hearing in federal court on charges of transmitting threats and falsely threatening to use explosives.
A judge formally advised Gutierrez of the charges yesterday (Friday) and assigned him an attorney. The attorney, Michael Goldman, told The Associated Press he didn't want anyone to rush to judgment.
Gutierrez has told the Cortez Journal the threats were a prank.
A grand jury indictment alleges Gutierrez sent the FBI two e-mails on Jan. 12 threatening to assassinate Obama and blow up the Mall of America.
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