Michigan man arrested for threatening Mississippi governor
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Michigan man has been arrested on charges that he made death threats to Mississippi’s governor.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday that 48-year-old Harold Joseph Collins of Detroit has been charged with five counts of cyberstalking for threats made against Gov. Phil Bryant and his office by telephone in January.
Bryant is a Republican in the final year of his second term as governor.
“These threats were of a very serious and specific nature and we did not take them lightly,” MBI Director Lee Morrison said in a statement.
Collins was arraigned Monday in Jackson, with Hinds County Court Judge Melvin Priester Sr. ordering him jailed without bail. Court records show Collins will be assigned a public defender.