Moorefield man who threatened White House sentenced - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

Moorefield man who threatened White House sentenced to 10 months in prison

Posted: Updated:
  • LawMore>>

  • West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellows to be honored

    West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellows to be honored

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-04-22 15:15:55 GMT
    Eighteen lawyers, including two judges, demonstrating outstanding dedication to their community and profession have been named 2014 West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellows. 
    Eighteen lawyers, including two judges, demonstrating outstanding dedication to their community and profession have been named 2014 West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellows. 
  • Mercer County man, 29, pleads guilty to possession of child pornography

    Mercer County man, 29, pleads guilty to possession of child pornography

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-04-22 15:14:04 GMT
    Eric A. Hitt, 29, of Princeton, admitted to Senior U.S. District Court Judge David A. Faber in Bluefield he kept pictures of prepubescent minors engaged in sexual acts on his personal computer.
    Eric A. Hitt, 29, of Princeton, admitted to Senior U.S. District Court Judge David A. Faber in Bluefield he kept pictures of prepubescent minors engaged in sexual acts on his personal computer.
  • Kanawha County man admits he produced, possessed child porn

    Kanawha County man admits he produced, possessed child porn

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 9:40 AM EDT2014-04-22 13:40:36 GMT
    Kanawha County resident Stephen Wayne Laton Jr., 40, admitted he possessed images and videos of children in pornographic situations, including a video of one of his relatives, a minor female relative which he had shot himself.
    Kanawha County resident Stephen Wayne Laton Jr., 40, admitted he possessed images and videos of children in pornographic situations, including a video of one of his relatives, a minor female relative which he had shot himself.

The Moorefield man who threatened the White House more than a year ago has been sentenced in U.S. District Court in Elkins to 10 months in prison.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II said 46-year-old Patrick S. Crites, charged with transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce in November 2012, was remanded to the custody of U.S. marshals Dec. 19, pending assignment to a federal penal institution.

Crites had admitting to sending a threatening email to the White House.

Court records indicate authorities had traced the message, sent from Crites' email account, to a computer terminal at the Moorefield Public Library in Hardy County. He told Secret Service agents who came to question him a few days later that he was angry and having a bad day when he sent it.

Ihlenfeld said the case was prosecuted by Criminal Chief Shawn A. Morgan and, because the threat was directed at the White House, was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service.