Man Accused of Threatening Senator Joseph Manchin is Indicted by Federal Grand Jury
|U.S. Attorney’s Office April 15, 2014|
CHARLESTON, WV—A 49-year-old man was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Charleston for threatening to murder United States Senator Joseph Manchin, III. According to the four-count indictment, Steven Anthony Major, of Barboursville, West Virginia, is alleged to have made four separate threats to murder Senator Manchin from March 17 through March 20, 2014.
Major was arrested on Friday, March 21, 2014, on a federal criminal complaint. The complaint alleged that Major made multiple calls to Senator Manchin’s Charleston and D.C. offices. During the calls, Major identified himself and made violent threats against Senator Manchin and his family members.
Major faces up to 10 years in prison on each count, if convicted.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Capitol Police, and the West Virginia State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Haley Bunn is in charge of the prosecution.