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W.Va. man charged with threatening Obama, family

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) -- A Marshall County man faces federal charges of threatening President Barack Obama and the president's family in a letter filled with profanity and racial slurs.

Federal court records say 20-year-old Ryan Kirker of McMechen is accused of sending a letter to the White House in April that closed with the phrase, "KKK forever."

An affidavit from a U.S. Secret Service agent says forensic experts also determined that Kirker had written of his plan to someone named John in late March.

That letter allegedly mentioned a weapon and his ability to obtain armor-piercing ammunition.

Kirker is being held at the Northern Regional Jail and is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate Tuesday.

Two defense attorneys have been retained, but neither immediately commented.

WTRF-TV first reported on the arrest.

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