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Murray threat defendant appears in Seattle

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SEATTLE (AP) - A federal judge has ordered that a man accused of threatening to kill Sen. Patty Murray undergo a mental health evaluation.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Tsuchida said Wednesday that Charles Alan Wilson, of Selah, must undergo the evaluation and any treatment necessary as a condition of his release pending trial on a charge of threatening a federal official. He also specified that Wilson must not possess any firearms.

The 64 year old was arrested early this month. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle said he left voicemail messages laden with expletives and threats to kill the senior Democratic senator over her support for sweeping federal health care legislation.

Wilson has been out on $20,000 bond and made his first appearance in federal court in Seattle on Wednesday. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. He has not yet entered a plea.