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Man sentenced for threatening to assault Oregon senator

May 18, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Beaverton man who threatened to harm Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden on a voice mail message was sentenced to two years of federal supervision.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that court records show James Sickler left a two-minute message on the phone line of Oregon Health Authority’s state registrar March 3.

Documents say Sickler threatened to chop off Wyden’s tongue and fingers, claiming Wyden was a mass murderer.

A court affidavit says investigators traced the caller to Sickler, who had a history of leaving threatening messages for Wyden and other federal officials dating back to 2004.

On Friday, Sickler pleaded guilty to threatening to assault Wyden, a federal official with the intent to impede, intimidate and interfere with him in the course of his official duties.

Sickler apologized in court saying he was off his medication and having an off day.


Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com

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