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Northern District of Ohio

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cuyahoga Falls man indicted for making death threats to wife in Nevada

A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging a Cuyahoga Falls man with making interstate death threats, said U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman and FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen D. Anthony.


Wei Li, 28, is charged with one count of making an interstate threat of murder and one count of obstructing an official proceeding.


Li transmitted a threat from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio to Nevada on Nov. 6 in which he threatened to murder his wife and others. His text messages included: “You will be dead,”, “I am not crazy. I am a high functioning sociopath…”, “Automatic rifle. I can't find you, then I just sweep the place. Make it big...” and “...We have 1000 people in our church. I will make the biggest one in history.”, among others, according to the indictment.


Li deleted text messages during a Nov. 10, interview with FBI agents, according to the indictment.


If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal records, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.


The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Henry F. DeBaggis.


An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Violent Crime
Updated December 7, 2017