Pickens Man Charged with Threatening Senator Lindsey Graham

7:41 PM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
Sen. Lindsey Graham (left), President Barack Obama (Getty Images)
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Pickens County, SC (WLTX) -- An Upstate man is accused of sending threatening messages to Senator Lindsey Graham and President Barack Obama.

Thirty-one-year-old Simon Peter Long, Pickens County, is accused of mailing threats to kill Graham and his family.

A grand jury indicted Long on Tuesday. According to federal court papers, Long mailed the message in November to Graham's office in Pendleton.  FBI investigators say Long included his return address on the envelope used to mail the threat.

According to federal court records the letter reads as the following: "Dear Mr. Graham, I hope you are happy with the job you are doing as a U.S. Senator. Cause Frankly I'm not, along with a bunch of other people just like me. I'm going to take great pride in Kill [sic] you. I've got a bullet with your name on it along with your family. So watch your Back. Cause it's comeing [sic]. You can count on it. Yours truly, [signed] Simon Long"

Investigators say Long admitted he wrote letters to both Senator Lindsey Graham and President Barack Obama threatening to kill each of them and their families and says he had been thinking about killing both of them for about a year now. 

According to court records, Long told investigators he began making preparations to carry-out such an act at least six months earlier when he purchased a blacked-out Ruger rifle in 30-06 caliber, a scope and ammunition. FBI agents also say he signed a confession after giving statements about his intentions.







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