LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man has been arrested after authorities say he sent an email threatening to kill Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Authorities say Craig Shaver of Lancaster sent a Sept. 30 email to the senator. Other details werent disclosed.
California Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Senator Dianne Feinstein
Prosecutors said Thursday that Shaver, who has a 1991 grand theft conviction, attempted a criminal threat and accused him of being a felon in illegal possession of a revolver. He could face more than three years in prison if convicted.
Feinstein is the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. She has received threats and abuse because some Republicans accuse her of trying to thwart the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Craig Steven Shaver, 47, was charged in a Los Angeles court Thursday with one felony count of attempted criminal threats and another on possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the local CBS affiliate, for an emailed threat to the California Democrat.
The Los Angeles County District Attorneys Office alleged in court that Shaver emailed a death threat to the lawmaker on Sept. 30, but they did not share what he wrote or any other information regarding the incident.
Shaver was previously convicted of grand theft in 1991, making it illegal under federal law for him to own a firearm as a felon. Its not clear at what point in the investigation police found a revolver in his possession.
Feinstein, 85, is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee and has been a senator since 1992. She previously served as mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988.
Feinstein is up for re-election next month and is up against state Sen. Kevin de Leon, who was endorsed by the California Democratic Party. She has a double-digit lead over her opponent, according to a recent Real Clear Politics average.
In California, the top two candidates in the race will be on the election ballot, even if they are from the same party.