Phoenix man charged with threatening to kill Arizona congressman

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Phoenix man charged with threatening to kill Arizona congressman

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on June 14, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 14 at 2:51 PM

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix man has been charged with threatening to kill an Arizona congressman.

Justin M. Haynes, 31, was indicted on one count of threatening to assault, kidnap and murder officials or employees of the United States.

The indictment alleges that on April 23, Haynes called Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva's office in Tucson and threatened to go down and "blow the brains out" of Grijalva and his staff members.

Haynes reportedly claimed he was angry over Grijalva's position on immigration issues.

Grijalva opposes Senate Bill 1070 and called for an Arizona boycott.

"This office takes threats against any individual, including public officials, with the utmost seriousness," said Dennis K. Burke, U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona. "This is not protected speech. Such crimes endanger the civility our democracy is built upon."

Haynes has been ordered to appear in federal district court in Tucson on June 24.

A conviction carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

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