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Ohio man sentenced to 21 months for threatening to kill Beshear

Gov. Steve Beshear spoke during a hearing of the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.  Photo by David Perry | Staff
Gov. Steve Beshear spoke during a hearing of the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Photo by David Perry | Staff HERALD-LEADER

An Ohio man who sent an email threatening to kill Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear was sentenced Tuesday to 21 months in federal prison, according to U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey's office.

Thomas Hargreaves, 45, must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.

According to court documents, Hargreaves wanted to restore his Kentucky commercial driver's license, which truckers must have. However, he had moved to Ohio. Hargreaves became angry after a state official notified him that as a resident of Ohio, he could not get a Kentucky CDL.

According to a court document, Hargeaves sent an email to Beshear's office in August 2011 saying "I AM GOING TO KILL YOU ... WATCH YOUR BACK PIG!"

When state police contacted Hargreaves, he said he was holding Beshear responsible for his inability to get a license and hung up, then sent a profane message to the governor's office, according to a court document.

The threat against Beshear was a federal crime because Hargreaves sent it across a state line.

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