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Dad of W.Va. threat suspect dies after visit OK'd

September 23, 2013
Associated Press

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man accused of threatening President Barack Obama was granted the opportunity to visit his dying father, but family members say the father died over the weekend.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register ( reported that U.S. Magistrate Judge James Seibert granted a request earlier this month for 21-year-old Ryan Kirker to leave jail to visit his father.

Family members say Kirker and his father declined the visit because Leonard Kirker's condition was fading too quickly. Janice Kirker said Monday that her husband, Leonard, died on Saturday.

Kirker has been held at the Northern Regional Jail since he was arrested in May.

The McMechen man is charged with threatening to kill Obama and the first family in a letter that was sent to the White House.


Information from: The Intelligencer,



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