North Dakota Felon Charged with Threatening to Murder a United States Official

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MINNEAPOLIS – A North Dakota man has been charged in a criminal complaint with threatening to murder a United States official, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents, on September 14, 2018, Robert Philip Ivers, 69, of West Fargo, North Dakota, was convicted by a federal jury of threatening to murder a federal judge and interstate transmissions of threats and was sentenced to a prison term of 18 months, followed by three years of supervised release. On August 1, 2019, Ivers was released from Bureau of Prisons custody and began his term of supervised release under the supervision of a Unites States Probation Officer.

According to court documents, on September 1, 2020, Ivers left a profanity-laced voicemail on his probation officer’s telephone, which constituted a violation of the terms of Ivers’ conditions of supervised release. On November 17, 2022, during a revocation hearing, Ivers was sentenced to additional prison time and additional supervised release time. The conditions of Ivers’ supervised release included the immediate surrender his Minnesota driver’s license, and that he maintain appropriate communication with probation officers. At the conclusion of the hearing, Ivers was escorted to an interview room where he quickly became agitated and pounded his fists on a table, broke a chair leg, and threw his paperwork while continuously screaming the word “hate.” When Ivers left the room, he extended his middle fingers at one of the probation officers and yelled “I’m going to get some [expletive] to [expletive] kill you!”

Ivers is charged with one count of threatening to murder a United States official. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance later today in U.S. District Court before Magistrate Judge Tony N. Leung.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the United States Marshals Service.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lisa M. Kirkpatrick and Allison K. Ethen.

A complaint is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.