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Man convicted of threatening state worker: 'Come down there with a shotgun'

Posted at 11:57 AM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 11:57:45-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Marshall, Virginia man who pleaded guilty to threatening a state employee was ordered to have no phone nor email contact with state or local government agencies, according to a Virginia Capitol Police spokesperson.

Mark Wines, 53, was sentenced to 12 in jail. A judge suspended Wines' entire sentence for three years.

Back in January, "Wines was on the telephone with a Capitol Square operator when he directed an expletive at the employee and threatened to 'come down there with a … shotgun.'", the spokesperson wrote in an email. "The operator terminated the call before Wines could finish speaking. Capitol Police traced the call to Wines, who was arrested May 1."

"Capitol Police want to assure Commonwealth of Virginia employees that we will not tolerate anyone making threats against them, whether those threats are intended to intimidate or lead to physical harm," Col. Anthony S. Pike, the division's chief, said in a statement. "We will investigate all such matters and work with prosecutors to bring those responsible to justice."