W.Va. man accused of threatening US senator

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Associated Press

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 15 at 4:35 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a 49-year-old West Virginia man has been indicted on charges he threatened to kill U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says a grand jury indicted Steven Anthony Major of Barboursville Tuesday. He is accused of making four separate threats to kill the senator from West Virginia. The threats occurred from March 17 through March 20.

Major was arrested on March 21 after prosecutors said he made calls to the West Virginia Democrat's Charleston and Washington, D.C., offices. The government says Major identified himself and also made violent threats against Manchin family members.

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

A listing for Major could not be found in the Barboursville area and his public defender was not available on Tuesday.

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