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Federal superseding indictment charges man for making threats against Maryland Synagogue

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Posted at 5:58 PM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 17:58:35-05

BALTIMORE — A federal grand jury has returned a superseding indictment charging Stephen Lyle Orback on federal charges of intentionally attempting to obstruct persons in the free exercise of their religious beliefs through the threatened use of force and making threatening communications.

The 65-year-old man was indicted in August and according to the indictment, between May 12 and May 13, 2019 Orback made multiple telephone calls to an employee of a synagogue in Owings Mills, Maryland, threatening to kill many members of that Jewish congregation.

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If convicted, Orback faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for intentionally attempting to obstruct persons in the free exercise of their religious beliefs through the threatened us of force; and a maximum of five years in prison for making threatening communications.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings. .