Michael Eugene Hale, originally facing a felony charge for allegedly threatening a Social Security employee, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor.
Hale, 39, allegedly told a Social Security employee on Aug. 5 that he would go to her office and kill everyone, a federal affidavit states. Hale had called about a notice he received about the denial of his disability claim, Federal Protective Service Special Agent Jeffrey Aaron Harward said. During that conversation, Hale told the employee that he’d been to jail and wasn’t a pleasant person.
He was arrested Aug. 7 and charged with conspiracy to assault federal employees.
On Tuesday, Hale pleaded guilty to impeding a federal official by threat and was sentenced to time served, followed by a year’s probation, by U.S. Magistrate G. Mallon Faircloth.