Federal prosecutors on Wednesday filed charges against a New Hampshire woman who allegedly threatened the chairwoman of Michigan’s Wayne County Board of Canvassers following the presidential election.
Katelyn Jones, 23, was charged with threatening violence through interstate commerce after an FBI investigation, officials said in a news release.
An FBI affidavit filed in court made references to Jones’ alleged threats against Monica Palmer, the chairwoman of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, after Palmer, a Republican, voted against certifying the county’s election results, according to the Detroit News.
“The allegations in this case should make all of us disgusted,” U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said in a statement about the charges. “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.”
In one instance, according to officials, Jones sent Palmer photographs of a bloody dead woman lying on the ground. She also sent Palmer texts saying she was a racist and a terrorist.
Jones is also accused of sending Palmer a photo of her minor daughter, and Palmer received similar threats via her Instagram account, the office said.
“Your daughter is beautiful. I’d (sic) be a shame if something happened to her. Hmmm I’d (sic) be a shame if something happened to your daughter at school,” according to one alleged text message cited in the affidavit, reported the Daily Mail.
“Due to the potential wide scope of the investigation, we contacted the F.B.I. for their assistance in this case,” said Kosanke. “As a result of the combined efforts between the F.B.I. and our investigative team, led by Detective Ryan Schroerlucke, federal felony charges were filed. I would like to express appreciation to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their assistance in this investigation.”
Jones faces as many as 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
Another GOP member of the Board, William Hartmann, told The Epoch Times that he was forced to leave his home for a period of time after receiving threats.
“I was scared,” Hartmann, a Republican, told The Epoch Times on Tuesday. “[The police] actually had people stationed outside in different locations, watching, in case anything happened. They were there for three or four days.”
Hartman described what had happened.
“The news media went to my house and filmed the front of my house and my address,” Hartmann said. “And then my website was doxxed. And I got over 1,500 hate emails. And you got to then throw social media on top of that.”
Hartmann and Palmer initially voted against certifying the results and questioned the results’ veracity. They reversed their decision, although they later filed affidavits to rescind them.
Jeff Levin, Jones’ court-appointed lawyer, declined to comment to the Detroit News.