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Wisconsin Dept. of Justice Identifies Sender of Death Threats

Comments | Posted in News | By MacIver Institute | Posted March 11, 2011 3:51 PM

MacIver News Service | March 11, 2011

[Madison, Wisc..] On the day Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed his Budget Repair Bill into law, authorities announced they had identified the sender of emails that threatened to kill the Governor and Republican members of the State Senate who supported the proposal.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation and the Wisconsin Capitol Police say they have investigated numerous threats against elected officials over the last four weeks. Thursday Night, the Division of Criminal Investigation identified and located a subject suspected of sending at least two of those threats.

“The Division of Criminal Investigation takes these kind of threats seriously and will follow through with the investigation and prosecution whenever possible," DCI Administrator Ed Wall said.

Upon questioning, the suspect subsequently admitted to authoring and sending two e-mails threatening to kill the Governor and members of the Senate.

DOJ officials say that while members of the Governor’s Office and Senate have been notified of the recent developments in this investigation no further information of the ongoing investigation will be released pending presentation to the District Attorney in the jurisdiction of the threat origination.