BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A former soldier accused of threatening the president and governor denied threatening them but said he's angry that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs won't pay for his counseling and prescriptions.
After a hearing Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Christine Noland said 26-year-old Abram Kane Williams, who was arrested early this month, must remain in federal custody.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Frederick A. Menner Jr. said case workers and others told an FBI agent that Williams repeatedly threatened President Barack Obama, Gov. Bobby Jindal and U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge.
The Advocate reports that Williams, a former member of the Louisiana Army National Guard, testified that the VA concluded his problems are not service-related. But he said they began after his return from Iraq.
Information from: The Advocate, http://www.2theadvocate.com