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Raleigh man sent to prison for threatening elected officials

Posted January 19, 2011 10:31 a.m. EST
Updated January 19, 2011 1:25 p.m. EST

— 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.