A June trial date has been set for a former Cincinnati-area bartender who allegedly threatened to kill House Speaker John Boehner.
Michael Hoyt, 44, of Matson Avenue in Deer Park, is charged with a single count of threatening a government official, which carries a sentence of 10 years in prison. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Tim Black set June 30 at 2 p.m. for a bench trial in Hoyt’s case.
In April, Hoyt was found competent to stand trial following an evaluation by a forensic psychologist. Hoyt was indicted in January and sent to a federal medical center in Massachusetts for a mental evaluation and treatment.
Hoyt then pleaded not guilty to charges he threatened to kill Boehner by shooting him or poisoning his cocktails while he was a bartender at Wetherington Golf & Country Club in West Chester Twp., where Boehner is a member.
Hoyt allegedly called 911 on Oct. 29, and after a strange comment about apologizing to his father, Deer Park police responded to his home, where he allegedly confessed.
“Hoyt told the officer that he was Jesus Christ, and that he was going to kill Boehner because Boehner was mean to him at the country club, and because Boehner is responsible for Ebola,” United States Capitol Police Special Agent Christopher Desrosiers wrote in the complaint. “Hoyt advised he had a loaded Beretta .380 automatic, and he was going to shoot Boehner and take off.”
Hoyt voluntarily went to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and he was placed on a 72-hour hold in the psychiatric ward. While there, he allegedly told officials that he regretted that “he did not have time to put something in John Boehner’s drink.”
Defense attorney Martin Pinales has filed a filed notice with the court saying Hoyt “intends to assert a defense of insanity at the time of the alleged offense.”
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