April 6th, 2010
03:41 PM ET
12 years ago

Man arrested, accused of death threats against U.S. senator

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/06/art.murray.gi.jpg caption="Police arrested a 64-year-old Washington state resident for allegedly making death threats against Democratic Sen. Patty Murray."](CNN) - Police arrested a 64-year-old Washington state resident for allegedly making death threats against Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

A department statement said the suspect, identified as Charles Alan Wilson of Selah, Washington, made the threats in phone messages to Murray's office between March 22 and April 4.

Wilson allegedly stated that Murray "had a target on her back" and that he wanted to kill her, according to the statement, which said the threats were in response to congressional passage of the new health care bill.

According to the statement, Wilson allegedly "told undercover FBI agents that he regularly carries a firearm with a concealed weapons permit" and "also stated that he was extremely angry about the passage of the health care reform legislation."

Threatening a federal official is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, the statement said.

Threats against U.S. senators and representatives increased as Congress held its final debates and votes on the health care bill, which was unanimously opposed by Republicans. In addition, conservative activists around the country protested the bill.

Most of the reported threats were against Democrats, though there were some against Republicans.

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  1. The real truth from Chicago

    Republicans/conservatives are the worst people there are. They are devils in human skin. Demons bent on detroying this country. All those who support or follow this party of thieves, racists, etc are the same.

    April 6, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    Talk about irony. This idiot is two years away from Medicare. I hope he goes to jail for 15 years. Same as the you tube guy who threaten that cantor guy (and the President and others, I might add).
    I am glad that the federal agencies are investigating those making
    threats. Still perplexed as to why the militia guy vandebough is still not in jail. If he is jailed can he still collect his government disability checks? Just wondering.

    April 6, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. julie

    Republicans were in control of congress from 1996 through 2004, same time our federal budget went from surplus to deficit and the national debt was increased by over 42%, huge tax breaks for business (corporate welfare), tax breaks for the upper 5% of income earners, largest increase in Americans below the poverty level, increased decline in American students scores compared with their counterparts in other countries, failing infrasturcture due to lack of financial support, 18,000 Americans dying annually from lack of access to healthcare, aging electrical grid network with no plans to improve the system, aging FAA air traffic control system with no plans to improve, decreased support for veterans and military families, and I could go on and on. But to me it doesn't seem like the Republicans did such a great job while they were in control the last time. We're still trying to clean up their mess. Amazing how short term memory works. Oh yeah, and they lead us into a war in Iraq that was all based on lies resulting in thousands of American and Iraqi deaths and billions of dollars spend (all of it borrowed since taxes were cut and these expenses were all off budget). If voices were raised against these efforts, they were condemned as anti-American and unpatriotic. I'm in no hurry to return to those "good old days".

    April 6, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Michael

    A death threat is what it is.
    The only difference between Charles Wilson and whomever sent out the last Bin Laden tape is the number of intended victims.
    They are terrorists – people using fear of death to accomplish a political objective – and deserve to be brought to justice as such.

    April 6, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. Kevin Collins

    Heh! I bet this guy has the audacity to aver that he's a church-going American even though what he did was as far from the Bible's teachings as one can get. Pathetic, this.

    April 6, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. NVa Native

    Death threats are no joke. Lock him up no matter if he threatens a Dem or Repub.

    April 6, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. VernisRobertson

    These Tea Baggers are out of control . They wasn't this mad when we invaded another country , All over a health care bill , that's crazy .

    April 6, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. Stacie

    All of these threats of violence and racial/homophobic slurs BECAUSE 25 year olds get to stay on their parent's health insurance...really?????

    April 6, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. Expat American

    A Proud Day for the Domestic Terrorist Tea Bagger Reich.

    April 6, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. VernisRobertson

    The Tea Baggers are ran by the Republican party , you need to go back and check your facts. ALL of the Tea Baggers are being finance by the GOP .

    April 6, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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