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Morganfield Man Sentenced to 15 Months in Federal Prison for Threatening to Commit a Mass Shooting

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky

Owensboro, KY – A Morganfield man was sentenced yesterday to 15 months in federal prison for threatening to commit a mass shooting.

United States Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen of the FBI’s Louisville Field Office, and Sheriff Jason Thomas of the Union County Sheriff’s Office made the announcement.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on May 20, 2022, Dennis R. Rigdon, 54, of Morganfield, Kentucky, sent a text message to another person that stated, “Mass shooting at Jim David’s or zebryy up to you.”

In addition to the 15-month prison sentence, Rigdon was sentenced to a 3-year term of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was investigated by the FBI Owensboro Satellite Office and the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark J. Yurchisin II, of the U.S. Attorney’s Bowling Green Branch Office, prosecuted the case.


Updated April 12, 2023