WARREN, Maine — A man who is awaiting trial on charges that he threatened to come to Maine and create the worst bloodbath in America unless his partner returned to him is asking a federal court to award him money for being moved from county jail to the state prison.
William McBroom-Stees, 42, was arrested in November and held at the Knox County Jail in Rockland until Dec. 14, when he was transferred to the Maine State Prison in Warren.
In his filing with U.S. District Court in Portland, McBroom-Stees says that he has been locked in a cell for 24 hours a day since being taken to the prison. He is seeking unspecified compensation for mental and physical damages from his incarceration.
McBroom-Stees, who is representing himself, filed his claim on March 26. He says in his court filing that he has been a disabled veteran since 2009.
Magistrate Judge John Nivison ruled on May 12 that McBroom-Stees could proceed with filing the complaint without paying the filing fee because of the man’s lack of money.
Federal prosecutors are expected to take over the case against the 42-year-old Illinois man who police say threatened to come to Maine and kill the family of the woman who had fled their abusive relationship.
McBroom-Stees, 42, was arrested Nov. 22 after being located by police in Missouri and charged with felony domestic violence terrorizing and domestic violence stalking. His arrest followed an investigation by members of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Rockland Police Department.
The woman told a Knox County detective that she fled because of McBroom-Stees’ abuse and said he was out of control on drugs.
On Nov. 13, she reported to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office that McBroom-Stees had telephoned her and said he knew where her 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 another seven times while the woman was being interviewed at the sheriff’s office. The affidavit included statements made by McBroom-Stees during those phone calls. At one point, he told the woman 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 [woman’s last name] is mine,” he stated, according to the affidavit.