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Selah man charged with threatening Wash. Senator

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A man from Selah has been charged with threatening to kill Democratic Washington Sen. Patty Murray over her support for health care reform.

Federal agents arrested 64 year old Charles Alan Wilson Tuesday morning.

An FBI agent's probable cause statement says Murray's office in Seattle reported the threats, which were left on voice mail from a blocked telephone number.

Agents say they traced the calls to Wilson's home in Selah. Murray's office told the FBI that it had been receiving harassing messages from the caller for months, but they became more threatening as Congress was voting on health care legislation.

Excerpts of the expletive-laced messages transcribed in court documents show the caller saying he wanted to kill the senator, and it would just take one piece of lead.

Threatening a federal official is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.