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Raleigh man sent to prison for threatening elected officials

Posted January 19, 2011

— A Raleigh man has been sentenced to federal prison for making threats against elected officials from President Barack Obama to Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker.

Angelos Vangelos, 47, of 5700-2616 Oak Meadow Lane, pleaded guilty last March to five counts of using the mail to make a threat, two counts each of threatening the president and threatening a U.S. official and one count of using a phone to make a threat. He was sentenced to 41 months in prison, followed by three years on supervised release.

Vangelos was arrested in June 2009 on charges that he made multiple death threats to former Gov. Mike Easley, former first lady Mary Easley, Gov. Beverly Perdue, congressmen David Price and Brad Miller, then-Congressman Bob Etheridge, state Sen. Dan Blue, Meeker and Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison.

Several Raleigh City Council members, Wake County commissioners and Raleigh city staff, as well as Obama before his 2008 election, were the targets of other death threats, authorities said.

Vangelos also was charged with threatening to blow up the Governor's Mansion, Meeker's home and the Mexican consulate on Six Forks Road in Raleigh.

The federal judge in the case has requested that Vangelos serve his sentence at the prison in Butner, where he can receive mental counseling.


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  • Bartmeister Jan 20, 2011

    haha, 41 months gets him into the next administration!!

  • uragoner2 Jan 19, 2011

    Must have listened to too much Limbaugh and Beck.

  • Weetie Jan 19, 2011

    Wow...sure hope he doesn't get his hands on any weapons. He's a lunatic!

  • dwntwnboy Jan 19, 2011

    People that make threats usually aren't the ones you have to worry about. Just like bomb threats. A REAL bomber doesn't call in a threat, you know about the problem when something goes BOOM! Sounds like this guy got liquered up and let his mouth do more talking than the rest of his body could back up. Let's see how tough he is in prison with people that might have actually killed someone! LOL

  • wildcat Jan 19, 2011

    Well he received his just and may he get better while locked up.

  • onyourheels2 Jan 19, 2011

    i think his stage name is engelbert humperdinck

  • dcblackburn1963 Jan 19, 2011

    lock him up and throw away the key!!

  • wayneboyd Jan 19, 2011

    You know I just don't get it. About 20 years ago I worked as a parttime cashier in a local convenience store, I caught a young man stealing and called his hand, he made all kinds of threata against me even to the point that he was going home and get his gun. When he left the premises I called the law and the city police came and they asked me what I wanted them to do about the young mans comments and threats, the law told me that they could do nothing to the man until he put his hands on me, after all the LEO told me until he actually harms me under the law he has legally done nothing to you that I can charge him with under the law. He said threats are victimless crimes and are not punishable.

  • imsirius Jan 19, 2011


    You can't be serious... Can you?

  • wral mods blow close my account Jan 19, 2011

    "So I guess we won't be seeing him on GOLO anymore? I wonder what his screen name was?" - dh1964