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Richland Center man jailed for more than two years for threatening National Guard member


MADISON (WKOW) — A Richland Center man will have served 27 months and 14 days in jail when his sentence is complete for threatening to shoot a member of the Alabama National Guard in 2017.

Travis Martin, 34, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James Peterson to 14 days in jail, in addition to the nearly 27 months Martin has already served, for making threatening communications.

Martin also was sentenced to three years of supervised release after he gets out of jail.  Martin pleaded guilty to the charge of making threatening communications on April 3, 2019.

Prosecutors say made a total of nine phone calls threatening violence to others.

Peterson said that the seriousness of the crime warranted a significant sentence.  He also wanted to send a strong message to the defendant that it is OK to have political views, but that it is not OK to threaten to harm those with whom he disagrees, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The charge against Martin was the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Richland Center Police Department, and the Pawnee County (Kansas) Sheriff’s Office.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.