Ohio Woman Charged with Two Felonies After Sending Racist Death Threats to Two Black Michigan Lawmakers

A 58-year-old Ohio woman is facing multiple charges after she allegedly left racist, threatening voicemail messages for two Black Democratic Michigan state legislators, Rep. Sarah Anthony (left) and Rep. Cynthia Johnson. (Photo: Screenshots/Michigan House Democrats)

An Ohio woman faces two felony charges after allegedly sending death threats brimming with racism to two Michigan Democratic lawmakers, according to the office of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Sandra Bachman, 58, of Batavia, Ohio, is accused of leaving threatening voicemails for Rep. Sarah Anthony, D-Lansing, in May 2021 and Rep. Cynthia Johnson, D-Detroit, in June 2021.

She’s charged with one count of false report or threat of terrorism, one count of ethnic intimidation and two other counts related to making a threat using a phone. If convicted, she could be sentenced to more than 20 years in prison, according to Nessel’s office.

In a statement, Anthony thanked Nessel’s office for their work and condemned persistently violent dissension.

“The division in our country, and in Michigan especially, has continued to build and develop over the last few years to a point where it’s getting in the way of our democracy and distracting us from good governance,” Anthony said.

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SOURCE: Detroit Free Press, Dave Boucher

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