Posted: Feb 25, 2013 12:58 PM by Tony Spehar - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Feb 26, 2013 7:45 AM
A Colorado Springs man was arrested and is now facing multiple charges, including a felony, for allegedly threatening a state representative in a series of disturbing emails.
Franklin Sain, 42, was arrested by Denver Police on Friday. He's accused of sending racist, vulgar and threatening emails to State Representative Rhonda Fields (D - Aurora) because of her stance on gun control.
According to court documents Fields received a series of six emails starting on Feb. 13. The sender call uses racist and vulgar language to described Fields and President Obama and argues against gun control. The later emails become more violent in nature, at one point the sender claimed that if stricter gun laws were to be enacted they and other gun owners "will make World War I and II look like childs play, many will die."
Staff at Fields's office also found a voicemail message calling her racist names and then a letter was delivered in which the sender threatened Fields and her daughter saying "there will be blood." The letter also containted racist language.
Fields is the sponsor of two controversial gun control bills being considered in the state house, one would require universal background checks and the other would limit the capacity of magazines. The emails and letters sent to Fields make multiple references to the sender having multiple high-capacity ammunition magazines and being unwilling to give them up. Because of the threats Fields cancelled a town hall meeting out of fear for herself and her constituents.
According to police, they were able to trace the emails and phone call to Franklin Sain. Sain is a Chief Operations Officer at SofTec Solutions in Englewood. Detectives interviewed him at his office and said Sain admitted to sending emails to Fields and other lawmakers because he is a opponent of gun control. According to the affidavit Sain said he may have used "a term I probably shouldn't have," but said he was not racist and offered to apologize to Fields.
Sain was arrested on Friday and quickly posted a $30,000 bond. He is now facing a class 4 felony charge of attempting to influence a public servant and a class 3 misdemeanor harassment charge. He's scheduled to be in court in Denver this Friday.
"I am grateful for the prompt work of the Colorado State Patrol in bringing this suspect to justice, and I also thank the Denver Police Department, which was instrumental in the investigation. I will not be deterred by threats," Rep. Fields said in a statement.
News 5 attempted to contact Sain for comment but he directed all questions to his attorney who said that her client maintains his innocence.