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Candidate gets death threats on e-mail
By ERICA JAHN
Federal Way police are investigating death threats sent by email to political candidate Jim Ferrell, whos 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. Theyve 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 dont 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 were going to take seriously, he said.
Schwan said there hasnt 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 dont have any leads.
Death threats by e-mail are a felony.
Ferrell said he doesnt 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 Prosecutors Office and handles domestic violence and abuse cases. He is on leave from prosecutors office duties while campaigning.