ROCKLAND, Maine — A 42-year-old Illinois man who police say threatened to come to Maine and kill the family of a woman who had fled their abusive relationship will remain at the Knox County Jail.
Judge Susan Sparaco set bail for William McBroom-Stees at $100,000 cash. That bail level was agreed to by the prosecution and defense.
His next court date was scheduled for Feb. 26. McBroom-Stees acknowledged to the judge that he understood the charges but made no other statements. Because the charges are felonies, he did not enter a plea at Friday’s initial Maine court appearance.
McBroom-Stees, 42, was arrested Nov. 22 in Missouri and charged with felony domestic violence terrorizing and domestic violence stalking. His arrest followed an investigation by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Rockland Police Department.
An affidavit filed by police in Rockland District Court detailed the alleged multiple and violent threats against the woman.
The woman, fearful for her safety and that of her family, fled their home in Tampico, Ill., and came to the Rockland area to be with family. The victim told the Knox County detective that she fled because of the man’s abuse and said he was out of control on the drugs.
On Nov. 13, the woman reported to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office that McBroom-Stees had telephoned her and said he knew where the woman’s mother and sister lived and threatened to come to Maine to kill them.
Later in the day, the woman returned to the sheriff’s office to report that McBroom-Stees had telephoned her again and threatened to kill her father in California.
McBroom-Stees called seven times while the victim was being interviewed at the sheriff’s office. The phone calls were recorded. According to the affidavit, McBroom-Stees would hang up unexpectedly during each of the calls, saying he knew that she was “with the cops” and that he suspected police were trying to track his calls.
The affidavit included statements made by McBroom-Stees during those phone calls. At one point, he told the victim to choose which of her family members he would kill.
“I’m taking your family heads or tails,” McBroom-Stees said, according to the affidavit.
He also said he did not care if he was killed but said he would not be going to prison but instead would end up in a “nut house.”
“If you are not here on the 23rd, I feel sorry for your family. I am going to start the worst bloodbath in America. Anybody with the [victim’s last name] is mine,” he stated, according to the affidavit.