EASLEY — An Easley man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison after pleading guilty to mailing a death threat to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in 2012.
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said 32-year-old Easley resident Simon Peter Long will serve an 87-month prison sentence for the crime, which Long pled guilty too in June.
Long was sentenced on Friday by Senior U.S. District Judge G. Ross Anderson.
The case did not go to trial.
According to Nettles, Long wrote a letter to Graham stating, “I’ve got a bullet with your name on it along with your family. So watch your back. Cause it’s comeing (sic). You can count on it. Yours truly, Simon Long”
According to Nettles, the letter also said: “I hope you are happy with the job you are doing as a U.S. Senator. Cause frankly I’m not, along with a bunch of other people just like me. I’m going to take great pride in kill (sic) you.”
Graham’s office contacted federal law enforcement upon receiving the letter, Nettles said.
While being held at the Pickens County Detention Center, Long told FBI agents he had written the letter and meant what he said, according to officials.
Long stated at his sentencing hearing that the death threat was “not something I’m proud of.”
Long will get credit for time served in the Pickens County Detention Center during the past year.