Man accused of sending threatening letter to LePage held without bail

Posted March 30, 2011, at 6:29 p.m.
Last modified March 30, 2011, at 6:45 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — An FBI agent says a 50-year-old Portland man accused of sending threatening letters to Gov. Paul LePage also has admitted sending threatening letters to other prominent politicians.

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Michael Thomas held without bail until his trial.  

According to the Portland Press Herald, FBI Agent Pamela Flick testified that Thomas said he sent other threatening letters to Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, U.S. Rep. Steve King of Iowa and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Flick said Thomas described himself as a liberal Democrat, a communist and a proponent of gun rights.


Thomas’ attorney said Thomas should be released with an electronic monitoring bracelet, saying even though Thomas sent threatening letters he never has been charged with a violent crime.