Fairbanks, AK (KINY) - A man from Wiseman, Alaska was sentenced to prison on Wednesday for threatening to assault Federal officials.
From a press release from US Attorney District of Alaska Bryan Schroder's office, Jay Rolf Armstrong, age 52 of Wiseman, was sentenced to two years in federal prison, followed by one year of supervised release. Armstrong was also charged with a $2,000 fine. He pleaded guilty to two counts of threatening to assault federal officials on August 18th earlier this year.
According to court documents, Armstrong made numerous complaints to Bureau of Land Management officials and others about BLM's decisions regarding Armstrong's mining activities on public lands. On January 9th of 2017, Armstrong was in Washington DC and expressed his anger about being denied mining permits to a BLM official. Two days later, Armstrong made phone calls to government officials and threatened to kill BLM employees in Alaska.
In the first call, Armstrong said: “We should just go out and kill these sons of b****es. Honestly, I have half a mind to walk down there and mess them up right now.” In his second call that day, Armstrong telephoned a BLM official in Fairbanks, and stated: “Don't think for a second that if we don’t get this resolved that I won't pick up arms. I will pick up arms, and I will kill you guys. That's not a threat.”
Armstrong's home was later searched, revealing a variety of weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
The FBI and BLM conducted the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of this case.