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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Alaska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Wasilla Man Indicted by Federal Grand Jury for Threatening Planned Parenthood

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that a Wasilla man was indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage for using a telephone to make a threat to damage and destroy a building by means of an explosive.

Robert Joseph Klima, 52, of Wasilla, Alaska, is the sole defendant named in the one-count indictment.

According to court documents, on or about Nov. 6, 2016, Klima left three threatening voicemail messages for Planned Parenthood.  In the first voicemail message, Klima stated that if Planned Parenthood performed an abortion for another individual, Klima would “treat you just as a murderer who murdered my child.”  Klima also stated, “I can guarantee you I know what to do.”  In the second voicemail message, Klima instructed Planned Parenthood to call him back to “avoid any kind of unpleasantries” that may result if an abortion was performed for that other individual.  In the third voicemail message, Klima told Planned Parenthood “I got a message today and apparently there is an RPG trained on your position.  I suggest not being open tomorrow.”  On the same day, Klima texted another individual that “I have absolutely no problem killing someone who killed my child,” “I can and will put a bullet right through their forehead and go ahead and have coffee afterwards,” and “I don’t even care if you call the police to try and stop me because it won’t be able to. I’m going to kill the person who murdered my child and that’s that.” 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Yvonne Lamoureux, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The FBI conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated November 21, 2016