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Candidate gets death threats on e-mail

By ERICA JAHN

Staff writer

Federal Way police are investigating death threats sent by email to political candidate Jim Ferrell, who’s a Republican running for a 30th District seat in the state House of Representatives.

Ferrell said he received three death threats Oct. 4 and another one Oct. 9 to his personal computer by e-mail. They’ve made references to having “a gift –– a rope” for Ferrell and talk about his “expiration date.”

Federal Way Police spokesman Officer Kurt Schwan said the the threats don’t detail specifics — times or places, for example — but the department has gone so far as to assign a detective to investigate the case.

“Any kind of death threat we’re going to take seriously,” he said.

Schwan said there hasn’t been any other candidate in Federal Way who has notified police of receiving death threats.

Ferrell said he has no idea who the sender is, but police are trying to trace the origin of the email address, which is being sent from a Yahoo account. Schwan said police don’t have any leads.

Death threats by e-mail are a felony.

Ferrell said he doesn’t know if the threats are somehow tied to his campaign or if the sender is someone connected to a case he has prosecuted in the past.

Ferrell is a deputy prosecutor in the King County Prosecutor’s Office and handles domestic violence and abuse cases. He is on leave from prosecutors office duties while campaigning.

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