Portland man charged with threatening to shoot LePage

Posted March 28, 2011, at 12:24 p.m.
Last modified March 29, 2011, at 10:41 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A 50-year-old Portland man is facing federal charges after allegedly sending anonymous letters threatening to kill Gov. Paul LePage.

Michael Thomas is scheduled to have a bail hearing Wednesday on charges of mailing threatening communications.

Citing court documents, the Portland Press Herald said Thomas allegedly wrote that LePage was the “devil” and that he would “put a bullet or two” in him if it was the last thing he did.

He was arrested Friday after federal agents used DNA to link him to the letters.

Thomas is the second person to be charged with threatening LePage since he took office in January. A Penobscot County jail inmate was charged after allegedly writing a note describing how he planned to kill LePage.

Leroy Dunn, 29, pleaded guilty to terrorizing on March 28.

A uniformed officer was recently added outside the governor’s office for added security.