Man charged with threatening LePage denies additional charges

Posted Oct. 20, 2011, at 12:28 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 20, 2011, at 1:30 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A man charged with mailing threats to Gov. Paul LePage, the governor of Wisconsin and members of Congress pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to two additional charges that do not appear to involve politicians.

Michael R. Thomas , 51, of Portland was indicted last week by a federal grand jury in Portland for interstate stalking and making a terrorist hoax on top of the two counts of threatening a member of Congress, four counts of mailing threatening communications and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

He pleaded not guilty in April in federal court in Portland to the threatening, mail and gun charges.

The new indictment did not identify who he allegedly stalked, but alleged that Thomas sent threatening and harassing information through the U.S. mail to addresses in Danvers and Peabody, Mass. The charge of making a terrorist hoax stemmed from a letter containing a white substance Thomas allegedly sent to a Danvers, Mass., address.

Thomas, who was arrested March 25 at his apartment at the Loring House, a residence for senior citizens and people who have disabilities, continues to be held without bail at Cumberland County Jail.

He is accused of threatening LePage, Gov. Scott Walker of Madison, Wis., U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. Thomas’ DNA was found on the envelopes in which the letters were mailed, according to court documents.

According to the indictment, Thomas wrote to LePage on Jan. 6, 2011.

“I did not vote for you and as far as I’m concerned you are not my governor,” the indictment alleges Thomas wrote. “Now I’m ready to vote with a bullet. Yes. Thank God for our Second Amendment remedies. I’ve got you in my crosshairs.

“[Expletive]. As far as I’m concerned, you are the devil himself and I will put a bullet or two in you, if it’s the last thing I do,” Thomas continued according to the indictment. “I’m willing to sacrifice my life just to make sure you die, bastard. I will strike when you least expect it.”

Thomas is banned from possessing a gun due to a conviction for stalking in January 2000 in Lynn, Mass., District Court, according to court documents.

If convicted, Thomas faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the most serious charges of threatening members of Congress, interstate stalking and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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