BOISE — A federal judge has sentenced a Middleton, Idaho man to three years of supervised probation for threatening an FBI agent, U.S. Attorney Josh Hurwit of the District of Idaho announced today. .
According to court records, Jerald Reutzel, 48, of Middleton, Idaho, contacted a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agent via text message in November 2020. In the text message, Reutzel falsely accused the FBI agent for failing to investigate a local crime, referring to the officer with crude insults, and threatening to assault the officer. Reutzel sent the threat due to the FBI agent’s performance of his official duties and intended to threaten the FBI special agent. Reutzel was questioned by law enforcement, where he admitted sending the text message, acknowledged that the message was threatening, but denied intending to carry out the threat.
U.S. Chief District Judge David C. Nye also gave Reutzel credit for serving 136 days in custody and ordered him to pay a $500 fine and $100 special assessment.
“As the U.S. Attorney’s Office, one of our most solemn obligations is to support our law enforcement partners. Law enforcement officers protect the American people from violent crime, terrorism and other threats to their security, often at great personal risk and sacrifice,” said U.S. Attorney Hurwit. “Our office will not tolerate any threat of violence against these officials at any level.”
U.S. Attorney Hurwit made the announcement and praised the combined efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, which led to charges being laid.
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