PORTLAND, Maine — A local man who called Gov. Paul LePage “the devil” and threatened to “vote with a bullet” pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to making threats against elected officials and other charges.
Michael R. Thomas, 52, of Portland pleaded guilty to threatening members of Congress, mailing threatening communications, interstate stalking and possession of a firearm by a felon.
He will continue to be held without bail, as he has been since his arrest on March 25, 2011, according to court documents.
A sentencing date has not been set.
Thomas wrote to LePage on Jan. 6, 2011, according to the prosecution version of events to which Thomas pleaded guilty.
“I did not vote for you and as far as I’m concerned you are not my governor,” he 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. “I’m willing to sacrifice my life just to make sure you die, bastard. I will strike when you least expect it.”
Thomas also pleaded guilty to threatening U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. Thomas called Lieberman a “shameless political whore” who was “serving the Fascist Zionist conspiracy.” Thomas accused King of having “given aid and comfort to domestic enemies of the Constitution of the United States of America [and] therefore you are guilty of treason.”
In addition to politicians, Thomas admitted to sending a series of harassing and threatening anonymous letters to a man in Danvers, Mass., and the man’s neighbors between 2006 and 2011.
On Wednesday, Thomas also pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a .45-caliber pistol. He was prohibited from having a gun due to a prior stalking conviction in Massachusetts.
Thomas faces up to 10 years in prison on the threats to Lieberman and King and on the firearms and interstate stalking charges. He faces up to five years in prison for mailing the threat to LePage. Thomas also could be ordered to pay a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Capitol Police, the Maine State Police and the Danvers, Mass., Police Department.