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Calif. man accused of making threats to Raleigh police chief

Posted January 14, 2015
Updated January 15, 2015

— A California man faces federal charges for allegedly sending multiple threatening emails to Raleigh's police chief.

 According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, Jesse Lee Kuhl sent at least 13 emails to Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown between Oct. 10 and Jan. 13 that contained death threats and were filled with racial slurs aimed at the police chief, who is black.

An FBI agent wrote in the complaint that Kuhl admitted to sending four emails on Oct. 10 while he was intoxicated and angry because Deck-Brown allegedly knew about mistreatment he says he suffered while working for the state’s Division of Waste Management.

A spokeswoman told WRAL News that there is no record of Kuhl ever being employed at the agency.

Kuhl is accused of sending another on Jan. 8 and eight more on Tuesday, including one containing the message: "I demand you resign or you deserve to die."

It wasn't immediately clear Wednesday afternoon if Kuhl – who faces charges of transmission of threatening communications and using an electronic communication service to harass or intimidate another person – was in custody.

A spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department declined to comment on the case, as did an FBI spokeswoman.

Last year, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane was also the recipient of a threatening message. Alec Dane Redner pleaded guilty to the crime in July and is serving a 21-month federal sentence.


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  • Red Sox Nation Jan 15, 2015

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    Do you get tired of being wrong? There is a new mental health hospital in Butner, one under construction in Goldsboro and another in Morganton. I know it's easier to throw silly names around like you do, but if you just listened for once maybe you would learn something. Get your head out of the sand.

  • Simply Hans Jan 15, 2015

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    Amazing, isn't it?

  • disgusted2010 Jan 15, 2015

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    If you would take you head out of the liberal sand you would realize it is absolutely true. BUT, I forgot, liberals don't operate on truth, just emotion and getting their way.

  • Bill Brasky Jan 15, 2015

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    Where do people come up with this stuff?

  • disgusted2010 Jan 15, 2015

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    You mean those secure mental institutions that your ilk did away with because it was cruel to lock people up. Perhaps he can be mainstreamed and you can take him in and teach him the ways of a western European utopia.

  • Tim Pearce Jan 15, 2015
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    Pepole gettin awll stupit an stuff ,, yaw know,,,,,

  • Grand Union Jan 15, 2015

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    Seems a secure mental instituition would be the right place for him.........in prison he will just be with more of his kind....

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 14, 2015

    Goodness, I wonder if they'll make it stick since he was "not in the right frame of mind" defense?