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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of North Dakota

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Fargo Man Sentenced to Twelve Months in Federal Prison for Threatening a United States Senator

FARGO - First Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Reisenauer announced that on May 14, 2018, US District Chief Judge Brian S. Miller, Eastern District of Arkansas, sentenced Kevin Lee Olson, age 57, Fargo, ND to 12 months and one day in a federal prison, to be followed by two years supervised release for Threatening Interstate Communications by knowingly transmitting an e-mail, for the purpose of issuing a threat to injure another person, and with knowledge that the communication would be viewed by another person as a threat. Immediately after the sentencing hearing, Olson was remanded to federal prison and further ordered to pay $100 in special assessments to the Crime Victims’ Fund.

On December 22, 2016, Olson sent an e-mail to United States Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Washington, District of Columbia, which stated: "It’s (sic) seems the only consideration one gets these days is when one becomes a criminal. I guess I should find you, you bitch, and shoot you in your red head!"

This case was investigated by US Border Patrol; US Capitol Police; Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Fargo Police Department.

Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Chase and AUSA Janice Morley prosecuted the case.

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Updated May 15, 2018