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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

Monday, March 24, 2014

Man Accused Of Threatening Senator Manchin Arrested On Criminal Complaint

Charleston, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Steven Anthony Major, 49, of Barboursville, W.Va. was arrested on Friday, March 21, 2014 on a federal criminal complaint alleging that he made violent threats against United States Senator Joe Manchin and his family members.

According to the complaint, which was unsealed today,  Major made multiple calls to the Charleston, W.Va. and Washington, D.C. offices of Senator Manchin. During the calls, Major identified himself and made violent threats targeting Senator Manchin and his family members.

Major’s initial appearance on the arrest is scheduled for 2 p.m. in front of Magistrate Judge Dwane L. Tinsley, Fifth Floor, Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse, Charleston, W.Va.  Major faces up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the West Virginia State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Haley Bunn is in charge of the prosecution.

Click here for a link to the complaint.

Note: The charge contained in the complaint is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated January 7, 2015