JACKSON, Miss. – A Mississippi woman was sentenced to six months in federal prison Wednesday for threatening to murder a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officer during the performance of his official duties.
According to court documents, Bridget Veronica Medlock, 19, of Richland, threatened to kill an ICE officer March 21 while the officer was conducting a lawful arrest of an illegal alien passenger in the vehicle she was driving. Medlock is a U.S. citizen. In addition to verbally threatening the ICE officer, Medlock drove toward the officer’s government vehicle at a high rate of speed while leaving the scene and further stated she was going to kill him.
"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will continue to focus resources on violent criminals who pose the greatest threat to our communities," said ERO New Orleans Field Office Director Trey Lund. "This case illustrates our close cooperation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to successfully prosecute dangerous individuals."
"Federal officers performing their lawful duties deserve the respect and cooperation of the public. Threats made against federal officers will be taken seriously, investigated and prosecuted," said Southern District of Mississippi U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis.
After leaving the scene, officers followed Medlock with blue lights and siren in an attempt to pull her over, but she continued to flee at a high rate of speed. Medlock was finally arrested by Richland Police officers when she arrived at her residence.
Medlock pleaded guilty to the charge Sept. 5. In addition to her prison term, U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball fined her $1,500. Medlock is scheduled to report to the Bureau of Prisons Jan. 13, 2014.