Man arrested for threatening governor on website appears in courtPosted: Updated:
After an investigation by Connecticut State Police, a Barkhamsted man was arrested after police said he left some threatening comments against the governor on our station's website.
John Montysko, 59, was arrested Friday after he threatened Gov. Dannel Malloy on a story posted on our website April 14.
Under a story about a man dying after lighting himself on fire, state police said Montysko admitted to writing the following comment "I think we should douse Malloy and light him up."
Montysko posted on his Facebook page, telling people to "take a look at his two comments" on the news story.
When police went to his home to investigate the complaint they charged him with illegal possession of weapons, including an AK-47.
Montysko was charged with inciting injury to a person and second-degree threatening.
Montysko, who in his Facebook profile picture was seen masked and holding a semi automatic assault rifle, did not post bond.
He was arraigned in New Britain Superior Court on Monday.
According to the court papers, it was a member of Malloy's security team who spotted this comment and called police.
The lawyer for Montysko, who prosecutors said has a history of mental health issues, said the comment was simply free speech.
However, the judge disagreed, and called him a threat to the public.
His lawyer said he inherited the AK-47 from his father-in-law, and Montysko never actually intended to hurt anyone, he was exercising his right to free speech.
"People say it's in very poor taste, but they're not arrested for threatening," the lawyer said in court.
Montysko is being held in lieu of $200,00 bond and will appear in Litchfield Superior Court on weapons charges Tuesday.
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