EVERETT, Wash. – An ex-convict was jailed on a charge that he harassed a nurse who laughed at his plan to name his newborn after late mob boss John Gotti. John Keinath allegedly told the nurse back in March he would strangle her for laughing at him. He was charged with felony harassment and had been free awaiting trial, but on Monday, a Snohomish County Superior Court judge ordered him held on $1 million bail.
The Herald of Everett reported that according to prosecutors, Keinath spent the past few months trying to trick people at Stevens Hospital into giving him the nurse's identity, and he finally learned it. That led to concerns about her safety.
Keinath was arrested late last week after being chased around by local police and U.S. marshals.
His previous convictions include a drive-by shooting and assaulting someone with a piece of pipe.
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It was unclear if Keinath has an attorney.