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SELAH, WASHINGTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MAKING DEATH THREATS
Repeatedly Called U.S. Senator Threatening Her with Violence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2010

CHARLES ALAN WILSON, 64, of Selah, Washington, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to threatening a federal official. WILSON was arrested in April 2010, by the FBI and local law enforcement at his home in Selah, near Yakima, Washington. WILSON became the subject of a federal investigation after a series of threatening phone calls to the office of Washington's U.S. Senator Patty Murray. WILSON faces up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine when sentenced by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour on October 8, 2010.

According to the plea agreement, between March 22 and April 4, 2010, WILSON called Senator Patty Murray's office on multiple occasions leaving expletive laden threatening messages. WILSON stated that Senator Murray "had a target on her back." WILSON stated, "I want to (expletive) kill you." WILSON discussed assisting others in an attempt to kill the senator. WILSON's threats were in response to the passage of the Health Care Reform Act.

WILSON made the calls from a telephone line with a 'blocked' phone number. However, federally subpoenaed telephone records revealed the calls came from his home phone line. FBI agents were able to further confirm WILSON was the caller. WILSON told undercover FBI agents that he regularly carries a firearm with a concealed weapons permit. He also stated that he was extremely angry about the passage of the health care reform legislation.

The case was investigated by the FBI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Todd Greenberg.

For additional information regarding the federal court process, please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@USDOJ.Gov.

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