HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- A Clinton man's suspected prank about hijacking a plane and killing the president was no laughing matter to the federal government.
Jeremiah Douglas Hill, 31, was charged in Utah District Court on Wednesday under suspicion of intentionally circulating a false warning on Aug. 22.
Hill, while he was at Hill Air Force Base, wrote a letter stating "1 - Hijack Plane, 2 - Kill Obama" and placed it in someone else's travel case, according to a probable cause statement. That someone else, Larry Hall, was going to travel to Tucson, Ariz. on Delta Air Lines.
A Transportation Security Administration screener found the letter in Hall's case and notified a supervisor, who in turn contacted the FBI.
Investigators later interviewed Hill about the letter. He told an FBI investigator and a member of the U.S. Secret Service that he wrote the letter as "a practical joke" and put it in Hall's case "partially sticking out" so his co-workers would see it, the documents state.
Hill, who currently lives in Clinton, was charged with making a false claim, a class B misdemeanor. He is scheduled to appear in court May 30.
Court documents do not specify if Hill or Hall are or were employees at Hill Air Force Base.