(L-R) Malia Obama and Sasha Obama arrive during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — A U.S. inmate is facing federal charges, accused of writing letters threatening the life of President Barack Obama, the first lady and their two daughters.

A grand jury on Wednesday charged Kentucky State Penitentiary Anthony D. Holliman with threatening the president and a second count for threatening the president’s family.

The indictment says the inmate serving decades in prison for rape and other convictions wrote a letter addressed to Obama in May saying he would “blowe your brains out with a pistel.” Holliman used racial epithets in the letter.

The U.S. attorney’s office says Holliman wrote a second letter to first lady Michelle Obama, threatening her and the Obamas’ two daughters.

Holliman faces up to five years in prison if he is convicted on the two charges.

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