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Kentucky man charged in social media threat against governor

Posted at 6:44 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 20:42:09-04

KEVIL, Ky. (LEX 18) — Federal prosecutors have charged a Kentucky man after he allegedly threatened Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky State Police on Facebook

In court documents, authorities say 25-year-old Jeremiah Wooley made the threats apparently in reference to a social media post about state troopers going to a Kentucky church to enforce social distancing. Police arrested Wooley at his home in Kevil last week and charged him with making threats against the governor and state police under a false name.

One of the Facebook comments, which was made under the name "Nick Sample" allegedly said "When would it be acceptable to go and kill this guy."

Investigators found about a dozen firearms at Wooley’s home, including a .50-caliber rifle, handguns and shotguns.

Wooley is being held in the McCracken County Jail.