A River Forest resident accused of sending threatening e-mails and packages to public officials pleaded not guilty last week in U.S. District Court.

Ron Haddad, Jr. was first charged with more than two dozen counts of making threats to various public officials in early 2009. In an affidavit filed by the FBI, Haddad is accused of threatening to kill state, county and Chicago politicians, as well as several oil company executives. Those threats were allegedly made between December 2007 and January 2009. Several of the letters allegedly contained shotgun shells rigged to detonate upon opening of the envelope. Those devices did not fire, according to the FBI, but clearly were intended to do so.

Haddad, a resident of the 100 block of Park Avenue at the time of his arrest, has remained free from federal custody since February 2009, but with several conditions.

Haddad has also since undergone extensive psychiatric analysis. His plea of not guilty, entered April 15, was delayed in part by the court’s interest in seeing those evaluations completed. Prosecutors and Haddad’s defense attorney have also been negotiating a possible resolution, according to federal court filings. A status hearing is scheduled for June 11.

– Josh Adams

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