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The Department of Justice announced that a woman in New Hampshire was arrested after threatening the chair of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers for not certifying the election for Joe Biden.
The woman, who lived previously in Michigan, is facing federal felony charges after allegedly threatening chairwoman Monica Palmer last month when she voted against certifying Wayne County’s election results showing Biden winning over President Donald Trump.
“The allegations in this case should make all of us disgusted,” United States Attorney Schneider said. “There is simply no place in Michigan, or in the United States, for chilling threats like this to people who are simply doing what they believe is correct.”
Schneider announced that Katelyn Jones, from Epping, New Hampshire, was arrested and charged for threatening Palmer in a series of “horrifying and menacing” text messages which she allegedly sent to the chairwoman’s phone after Wayne County’s vote totals were certified on November 17.
(Source: US Attorney’s Office)
“Our investigation and prosecution has nothing to do with Ms. Palmer’s vote. It has to do with what happened following that vote,” Schneider said in a briefing Wednesday, noting that the 23-year-old sent a “series of threatening messages” to the chairwoman in the “early morning hours” after she voted not to certify the county’s election results.
“Those messages are so graphic and extreme that I am unwilling to describe them in full here,” Schneider continued, directing people to read the FBI affidavit attached to the criminal complaint against Jones.
According to that affidavit, Jones “knowingly and willfully transmitted communications containing threats” to injure Palmer and her family beginning on the morning of November 18. The text messages alleged to have come from Jones’ phone called Palmer “a racist and a terrorist and used graphic and profane language.”
The messages included “two graphic photographs of a bloody, naked, mutilated, dead woman lying on the ground” and a photo of Palmer’s young daughter, who was named in the message, along with a note saying: “I’d just like you to imagine that’s…your beautiful daughter.”
The affidavit noted that similar threats were also made to Palmer’s Instagram account.
“You should be afraid, your daughter should be afraid, and so should” your husband, Jones wrote in another message, using his name, according to Schneider.
“But Jones was not done. She also stated that she wanted Palmer in pain,” the U.S. Attorney continued.
Jones faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
During a Michigan Board of State Canvassers meeting last month, Palmer described threats she had received following the vote.
“I have received text messages with graphic photos of naked, dead women. And then a photo of my daughter, letting me know that that’s what’s going to happen to my daughter,” the Republican board member stated. “Calling me a terrorist and saying that my entire family should be fearful for their lives.”
Palmer told reporters that President Trump had called her and expressed a “genuine concern” for her safety and that of her family.
(Source: CBS Detroit)
In Wednesday’s message, Schneider called out the threats of violence over political disagreements which he said are just part of the “American way of life.”
“For the last several years, we’ve repeatedly heard leaders across this state — elected officials, community activists, and even religious leaders — rallying against hateful language and rhetoric. And, over and over, we have heard those exact same leaders using hateful language and rhetoric to decry anyone who disagrees with them,” Schneider said.
This, he contended, only “fans the flames” and adds to threats being made over political discourse.
“For the sake of our state, our country, it’s time for this to stop,” he said.
“All of us need to be examples for the children and young adults of our state,” he added. “We need to show them that it’s okay to disagree. It’s okay to disagree about politics, it’s okay to have different views in the workplace, and it’s certainly okay to have differences of opinion in the classroom.”
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