Threats to Portland mayor lands man in prison
A 40-year-old Portland man will spend 14 months in federal prison for posting threatening comments on Mayor Ted Wheeler's Instagram page.
Federal prosecutors said Kermit Tyler Poulson was sentenced Wednesday, Sept. 18, for transmitting threatening communications with the intent to extort Wheeler. Poulson pleaded guilty on July 3 to one count of transmitting threatening communications with the intent to extort Wheeler.
"Using social media to threaten violence against any person regardless of that person's position in our community is wrong," said Billy J. Williams, the U.S. attorney for Oregon.
According to court documents, on Oct. 9, 2018, Poulson posted several threatening comments on Wheeler's personal Instagram page. Poulson threatened to firebomb the mayor's home and office if he did not immediately fire police officers involved in a shooting. Investigators tracked the IP address associated with the comments to a Portland residence where Poulson was staying.
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