A federal judge in Las Vegas has ordered that a man be transferred to Utah to face a charge of threatening President Barack Obama, even as the man's defense attorney and family pleaded that the suspect get mental health treatment.
US Magistrate Judge Robert Johnston said Monday that while 36-year-old Daniel James Murray's "mental health status seems to be severely compromised," the former armored car company employee was a threat to the community and a flight risk.
Murray's court-appointed lawyer had argued that Murray was mentally ill and did not pose as serious a threat as prosecutors had alleged.
Murray, who was arrested Friday outside a casino in Laughlin, was not asked to enter a plea to the charge of threats against the president. The charge carries a possible sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.