A Denver man arrested for threatening to set fire around Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet’s office and shoot members of his staff will appear in court again on Thursday. John Troy Davis, 44, reportedly faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for making the threats last week.
“We can confirm that there was a threat against Sen. Bennet’s office and that the FBI working with the Capitol Police have arrested the individual responsible for the threat,” Bennet spokesman Adam Bozzi said in a prepared statement. “Per their advice, we are referring inquiries related to this matter to the Capitol Police.Michael has full confidence in the law enforcement agencies handling the case and remains focused on his job serving the people of Colorado.”
Davis, 44, allegedly made the threats by phone on Thursday, two days before a mass shooting in Tucson that left six dead and 14 wounded, including Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. FBI officials say the two cases appear to be unrelated.
Davis was reportedly upset about his Social Security benefits.