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Feds: Pennsylvania Man Threatened 4-Star Milley, Nancy Pelosi

June 30, 2022Joshua Skovlund
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrive for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge commemoration at the Luxembourg American Cemetery on Dec. 16, 2019. US Department of Defense photo by Lisa Ferdinando.

A Pennsylvania man faces 25 years in prison for allegedly mailing threatening letters to US Army Gen. Mark Milley and a string of other military and political leaders.

A three-count federal grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday, June 28, in Scranton, charges James Charles “Jimmy the German” Meininger Jr. with sending messages in late 2021 that threatened to harm Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, plus House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks, and Borys Krawczeniuk, a reporter for the Citizens Voice in Wilkes-Barre until 2020.

Although key documents in the case remain sealed by court order, it appears that Meininger mailed the allegedly threatening letters while he was incarcerated and awaiting trial on unrelated state charges.

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Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks speaks at the annual National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp held by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Arlington, Virginia, May 28, 2021. US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany A. Chase.

Meininger returned from South Korea to stand trial in Pennsylvania for the alleged sexual assault and strangulation of a woman in 2018. And that seems to form part of his beef with the Wilkes-Barre news outlet.

During his pretrial confinement, Meininger filed a federal lawsuit against the Citizens Voice, the Times Leader newspaper, and the Plains Township Police Department for allegedly defaming him by saying he had been “nabbed” in South Korea and then extradited to the US.

Meininger claimed he’d returned voluntarily from Seoul. His defamation case was dismissed on Dec. 2, 2020, and he was barred from filing another lawsuit. 

Meininger’s long rap sheet dates back at least to 2004 and includes arrests in Pennsylvania, Maryland, South Carolina, and Florida for crimes such as aggravated indecent assault, destruction of property, false imprisonment, receiving stolen property, shoplifting, check kiting, forgery, theft, possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, and fugitive warrants.

President Joe Biden holds a meeting that includes Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley at the White House on April 20, 2022. US Department of Defense photo by Lisa Ferdinando.

No attorney is listed for Meininger on the federal docket.

In a letter sent Thursday to US District Judge Malachy E. Mannion in Scranton, Assistant US Attorney Sean A. Camoni indicated that Meininger has been transferred from the Luzerne County Division of Corrections to an unnamed “state hospital for treatment.”

The prosecutor warned that this might force the judge to delay slating Meininger’s initial appearance on the federal charges.

He did not respond to Coffee or Die Magazine’s messages seeking comment.

A staffer at the Luzerne County Division of Corrections told Coffee or Die that Meininger remains “technically” in the jail’s custody but confirmed the inmate had been transferred out “for treatment.”

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Joshua Skovlund
Joshua Skovlund

Joshua Skovlund is a former staff writer for Coffee or Die. He has covered the 75th anniversary of D-Day in France, multinational military exercises in Germany, and civil unrest during the 2020 riots in Minneapolis. Born and raised in small-town South Dakota, he grew up playing football and soccer before serving as a forward observer in the US Army. After leaving the service, he worked as a personal trainer while earning his paramedic license. After five years as in paramedicine, he transitioned to a career in multimedia journalism. Joshua is married with two children. His creative outlets include Skovlund Photography and Concentrated Emotion.

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