Florida man sentenced in Ohio to 7 yrs. for e-mail threats

Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 7:54 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 7:54 a.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Florida man has been sentenced in Ohio to 7 years in prison for sending threatening messages from Columbus to hundreds of e-mail addresses.

In a federal complaint, 39-year-old Kyle Tschiegg of Sarasota was accused of sending threats to up to 3,500 e-mail accounts targeting businesses and individuals in Ohio, Florida and elsewhere, including a Florida state lawmaker.

The sentence handed down last week by a federal judge in Columbus orders Tschiegg to pay $1,500 restitution to Nancy Detert, a Florida senator.

Federal prosecutors say Tschiegg pleaded guilty in September to interstate transmission of threatening communications and other charges.

A U.S. attorney's spokesman in Columbus says Tschiegg did not tell investigators why he made the threats.

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