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Milwaukee Man Charged with Threatening Employee of Republic Airways Holdings Inc. and Others

U.S. Attorney’s Office May 10, 2012
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin (414) 297-1700

United States Attorney James L. Santelle announced that on May 8, 2012, a federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging Frederick L. Reaves (age 51) a resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin with mailing a threatening letter to Republic Airways Holdings, the parent corporation of Frontier Airlines. If convicted, Reaves faces a maximum of five years in prison.

The indictment alleges that on April 16, 2012, Reaves mailed a letter containing threats to harm an employee of Republic and others, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 876(c). The letter was received by Republic Airways in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 20, 2012. Reaves was originally charged via criminal complaint on April 23, 2012.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security-Transportation Security Administration and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John J. Manning of the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.