Milford man threatened to kill deputy US marshal, officials say

Hamilton Clark Smith, 57, of Milford, sent menacing texts to a deputy U.S. marshal, threatening to kill the person and harm the marshal's family, officials say.

Hamilton Clark Smith, 57, of Milford, sent menacing texts to a deputy U.S. marshal, threatening to kill the person and harm the marshal's family, officials say.

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MILFORD — A local man texted and called in death threats to a deputy U.S. marshal this week, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut.

Hamilton Clark Smith, 57, of Milford, was arrested Thursday on a federal criminal complaint charging him with making interstate threats and threatening a federal law enforcement officer, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Smith sent menacing text messages to a deputy U.S. marshal threatening to harm and kill the person and hurt the marshal's family, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. In addition, on Wednesday, Smith called the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center in Virginia and made similar statements, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Smith appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert M. Spector in New Haven and was ordered detained pending a bond hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

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