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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Man who threatened Senator Manchin sentenced to 18 months in federal prison

Charleston, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Steven Anthony Major, 50, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release for threatening to murder United States Senator Joseph Manchin, III, and his family members.

On February 24, 2015, Major pleaded guilty to threatening to murder Senator Manchin. Major admitted that he called Senator Manchin’s Charleston and Washington, D.C. offices on four separate occasions from March 17 through 20, 2014. On each of those occasions, Major left a voice message making violent threats against the Senator and his family members.

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

Updated June 17, 2015