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Ludington man sentenced to federal prison for threatening Social Security worker

Kenneth Nickerson, 53 of Ludington, was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for threatening a Social Security Administration employee. (MGN Online/GNU Image)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A Ludington man has been sentenced to federal prison for threatening a Social Security Administration employee.

According to investigators, Kenneth Nickerson, 53, was upset about the level of Supplemental Security Income benefit payments he was receiving and threatened to physically assault a Social Security Administration Claims Specialist working in the Administration's Ludington office on June 6, 2017.

Records show Nickerson was removed from the building and banned from re-entering the property.

Nickerson returned a month later and sat on a curb across the street, said investigators.

When he was questioned by officers, Nickerson said he was waiting for the Claims Specialist to finish working and exit the building so he could "beat him to death."

“We take threats against federal employees seriously,” U.S. Attorney Andrew B. Birge said. “Anyone who threatens a federal employee just because he or she is doing their job will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Nickerson was sentenced to nearly 5 years in federal prison.

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