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

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Man Accused Of Threatening Senator Manchin Is Indicted By Federal Grand Jury

Charleston, W.Va. – A 49-year-old man was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Charleston for threatening to murder United States Senator Joseph Manchin, III.  According to the four-count indictment, Steven Anthony Major, of Barboursville, W.Va., is alleged to have made four separate threats to murder Senator Manchin from March 17 through March 20, 2014. 

Major was arrested on Friday, March 21, 2014, on a federal criminal complaint.  The complaint alleged that Major made multiple calls to Senator Manchin’s Charleston and D.C. offices.  During the calls, Major identified himself and made violent threats against Senator Manchin and his family members.

Major faces up to 10 years in prison on each count, if convicted.

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

Click here for a copy of the indictment. 

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

Updated January 7, 2015