IR man bound over on terrorist charge charge
CRYSTAL FALLS—An Iron River man was bound over to circuit court on the charge of making terrorist threats or a false report of terrorism at a preliminary examination held Nov. 24 at the Iron County Courthouse.
Anthony Lee Nielsen, 37, of Iron River was arrested on the charge, as well as a charge of possession of marijuana, on Aug. 12.
In testimony at the preliminary examination, a witness said that on Aug. 9, Nielsen, in an agitated state, “stated that he was going to make pipe bombs and throw them into city hall.” The next day, the witness said Nielsen repeated that threat and also said he was going to “go up to the school and shoot up a bunch of classrooms after school had started.”
Iron County Prosecuting Attorney Melissa Powell then asked the witness if Nielsen specifically stated what school district he was referring to. The witness testified, “He said he was going to go up to Stambaugh.”
In his questioning of the witness, defense attorney Geoffrey Lawrence attempted to clarify if there was anyone else in the room that heard Nielsen’s threats. The witness said not to his knowledge.
Nielsen pleaded not guilty to both charges.
The court found that “There is probable cause to believe that the offense was committed and probable cause to believe that the defendant committed the offense.”
The charge of making terrorist threats or false report of terrorism, a felony, carries a maximum sentence of 20 years and/or $20,000 fine. The misdemeanor possession charge carries a maximum sentence of one year and/or a $2,000 fine.
Also included in the initial complaint is a habitual offender-fourth offense notice. By statute, the penalty is life if the primary offense has a penalty of five years or more. The penalty is 15 years of less is the primary penalty has a penalty of less than five years.
A pretrial conference has been set for Monday, Dec. 15 at 8:45 a.m. Nielsen is currently lodged at the Iron County Correctional Facility.