Oregon man sentenced after threatening to chop off Dem senator's tongue

Oregon man sentenced after threatening to chop off Dem senator's tongue
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An Oregon man was sentenced to two years of federal supervision after leaving a voicemail threatening to chop off the tongue and “wedding ring finger” of Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenUS ban on China tech giant faces uncertainty a month out Hillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship Lawmakers condemn Apple, Activision Blizzard over censorship of Hong Kong protesters MORE (D-Ore.).

James Arthur Sickler, 53, left the two-minute message on the phone line of Oregon Health Authority’s state registrar in March to intimidate the Democrat, The Oregonian reported.

The message threatened to chop off Wyden’s tongue, fingers and “wedding ring finger,” according to court records obtained by the outlet. Sickler reportedly claimed that Wyden was a mass murderer.


Sickler was arrested days later on a probation violation.

He allegedly has a history of leaving threatening messages for Wyden, The Oregonian reported. He called the Secret Service in November 2018 and asked if their officers protected Wyden, saying he’s a “dead...’’ before hanging up.”

Henry Stern, Wyden’s spokesman, told The Oregonian that his office doesn’t comment on security matters.

Sickler pleaded guilty to threatening to assault a federal official with the intent to impede, intimidate and interfere with in the course of official duties, according to The Oregonian.

“I just want to apologize for the phone call that I made,’’ Sickler told the court, adding that he was off his medication at the time of the call.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Kerin and Sickler’s defense lawyer Robert Hamilton recommended a sentence of time served but U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez added two years of federal post-prison supervision.

"I want you on supervision to me, so I can watch what’s happening," Hernandez said, according to the outlet.

Sickler was ordered to have no direct or indirect contact with any member of the Oregon congressional delegation or their staff.

He was also prohibited from possessing or using any alcohol and mandated to complete a mental health treatment program.

Sickler has prior convictions for attempted arson, drinking in public, disorderly conduct, possession of controlled substances, harassment, reckless driving, improper use of 911 and fourth-degree assault, according to the newspaper.