Portland man charged with threatening LePage is indicted

Posted Oct. 13, 2011, at 5:29 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 14, 2011, at 10:23 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland man accused of threatening Maine Gov. Paul LePage has been indicted on charges of threatening members of Congress, mailing threatening communications, illegally possessing a firearm, interstate stalking and creating a terrorist hoax.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II says a federal grand jury on Wednesday handed up an indictment with additional counts against 51-year-old Michael Thomas of Portland.

Police identified Thomas through DNA from letters he sent to LePage. He’s also charged with making threats against Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, Rep. Steve King of Iowa and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and mailing a letter with powder to Massachusetts.

Thomas, who was arrested in March, faces up to 10 years in prison for threatening members of Congress and five years for threatening the governors.