A Washington state man was arrested Tuesday for threatening to kill Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the state’s senior senator.
Charles Alan Wilson, 64, was arrested at his home in central Washington after he allegedly called Murray’s office on numerous occasions saying that she “had a target on her back, ” and “I want to (expletive) kill you,” according to a Justice Department a news release obtained by POLITICO. The alleged phone calls stretched almost two weeks and were said to be in relation to Murray’s vote to pass health-care overhaul legislation.
Wilson, who was arrested in Selah, Wash., allegedly told undercover FBI agents that he carries a concealed firearm with a permit. He also said he was “extremely angry” with the passage of health care legislation, according to the news release. If convicted, Wilson could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Murray is the Democratic conference secretary – the fourth ranking position in the Senate Democratic leadership.
Wilson is the second person arrested for threatening a member of Congress. Norman Leboon of Philadelphia was arrested for threatening House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia.