Oklahoma man charged with threatening to kill Senator Reid

OKLAHOMA CITY Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:36am EDT

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks at a press conference about a bill introduced by Senate Democrats to restore the contraceptive coverage requirement guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 10, 2014.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks at a press conference about a bill introduced by Senate Democrats to restore the contraceptive coverage requirement guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 10, 2014.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma man has been charged with threatening to kill Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his family, according to court documents obtained on Wednesday.

Charles Jason Moreland, 31, of Tulsa, is suspected of sending profanity-laced email messages in April directed at the veteran Democratic senator from Nevada that said if Reid "ever steps out foot out of D.C., he will be done. You're a dead ... man Harry Reid," according to the documents.

A lawyer for Moreland was not immediately available for comment. Reid's office was also not available for comment.

Moreland was arrested on July 31 and the court documents had been under seal until this week. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

In messages sent to Reid's congressional website, Moreland said he thought Reid had committed fraud and treason against him, according to an affidavit by U.S. investigators presented to the federal court in Tulsa.

The U.S. Secret Service conducted a threat assessment of Moreland after he allegedly sent an email to the White House in September 2013 threatening to kill people if the monitoring of his Internet and cell phone did not stop, the affidavit said.

Moreland has been charged with trying to intimidate a federal official and the official's family. He also faces one charge of using interstate communications to issues threats.

(Reporting by Heide Brandes and Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Jim Loney)

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Comments (3)
gcf1965 wrote:
Seems like a mental health issue vice a political issue.

Aug 13, 2014 11:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Trichiurus wrote:
Reid is already a zombie. Come on Nevada, you can do much better than this excuse for a man and politician.

Aug 13, 2014 12:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:
There are many commentators on these boards that should be, at a minimum, investigated by the Secret Service, and many, by the nature of their comments, sentenced to at least some jail time.

Aug 13, 2014 3:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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