Everett Fred Basham of Santa Clara, Calif., is accused of threatening State Sen. Leland Yee over a gun control proposal and suggesting he would assassinate the senator using sniper skills he learned while serving in the military.
"I have 39 confirmed kills in afganistan (sic)," he wrote in an e-mail. "Don't make me get to 40."
After he was arrested in February, police searched Basham’s home and found a weapons cache and bomb-making materials. Some of those materials were detonated by bomb technicians on the front lawn.
Basham is being held without bail in the Santa Clara County Jail. He has pleaded not guilty to a dozen charges including criminal threats with an armed enhancement, two counts of possessing a destructive device and two counts of possessing materials with intent to make an explosive, according to The Mercury News.
The email begins: "If you succeed in passing a bill that bans AR15 weapons in california (sic) just know these things." Basham claims in the email that he has "over 200 rounds of ammunition" and is in possession of a high-powered rifle that "can hit a spinal cord at 1.5 miles making a head become red mist."
The email continues: "I know where your office and where the state capital (sic) building is in Sacramento. I have hiding spots around both with clean view.” The email concludes by telling Yee that she read the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
It is not known whether Basham’s claims about his military service are true. He said that he served sometime in the 1980s but did not elaborate. Basham is an alum of UC Davis and once worked at Hewlett-Packard. He also worked for Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak at some point. Wozniak urged police to reserve judgment on Basham until all the facts were collected.
Source: (The Mercury News)