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Fargo man sentenced for threatening Sen. Heidi Heitkamp

Kevin Lee Olson

BISMARCK — A Fargo man has been sentenced to one year and a day in federal prison for threatening U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, federal officials said Tuesday, May 15.

Kevin Lee Olson, 57, will also serve two years of supervised release after his prison sentence for "threatening interstate communications." Olson was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Chief Judge Brian Miller of Arkansas, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Chris Myers' office.

A federal jury convicted Olson in December, a year after prosecutors say he sent an email to Heitkamp stating: "It seems the only consideration one gets these days is when one becomes a criminal. I guess I should find you, you (expletive), and shoot you in your red head!"

Olson has been sending emails to the office of the North Dakota Democrat since 2014, including another threatening one in October 2016, according to court records. The case was investigated by the U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Capitol Police, FBI and Fargo police.

An attorney for Olson didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

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