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Ohio Woman Sentenced for Leaving Threatening Voicemail to State Representative, Pleads Guilty to Threatening Another

LANSING – Today, Sandra Bachman, 61, of Batavia, Ohio, was sentenced before Judge Joyce Draganchuk in the 30th Circuit Court in Ingham County to 23 months to 5 years in prison in the Michigan Department of Corrections for leaving a race-based and politically motivated death threat to former Michigan State Representative Cynthia A. Johnson in June 2021, announced Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. She pled guilty in May to one count each of Threat of Terrorism – Attempt, Ethnic Intimidation, and Malicious Use of Telecommunication Services.

Bachman additionally pled guilty to one count of Malicious Use of Telecommunication Services, a 6-month misdemeanor, in the 54A District Court in Lansing yesterday in connection with leaving a threatening voicemail for Michigan State Senator Sarah Anothony in May 2021, when Anthony served in the House of Representatives. Per the plea agreement, the district court’s sentence will be concurrent with that of the circuit court’s sentence.

Michigan State Police investigated the incidents before referring the matter to the Department of Attorney General for evaluation.

“Threats made against elected officials are serious offenses and cannot be normalized,” Nessel said. “No public servant should have to sacrifice their own safety while working to serve the constituents they represent. My office remains committed to prosecuting these crimes to the fullest extent of the law.”    

Bachman’s district court sentencing for the threat to Senator Anthony is scheduled for July 26, 2024, at 8:30 a.m. before 54A District Court Judge Cynthia Ward.


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