Lansing man to serve over 2 years in federal prison for threatening Allamakee deputies, judges
Judge calls threats "frightening"
A Lansing man who threatened to kill an Allamakee County Sheriff's deputy in 2011 and made hundreds of other harassing and threatening phone calls to law enforcement officers, judges and others was sentenced to more than two years in federal prison Tuesday.
Kenneth Haag, 27, pleaded guilty in January to one count of using a telephone to transmit an interstate communication threatening to injure another person in U.S. District Court.
According to a plea agreement, Haag admitted he called the Allamakee Sheriff's office Nov. 9, 2011 and threatened to kill a deputy. He threatened to kill the deputy more than once in the same phone call. Haag was in Chicago at the time the communications were made.
Haag also sent hundreds of faxes, e-mails and made other telephone calls between November 2011 and January 2012 to the sheriff's office, clerk of court and judges, according to court documents. In several of the communications, Haag made threats to injure or kill county officials or judges. Haag said he was frustrated with what he called his prior mistreatment by the courts, law enforcement and others. He admitted his statements could have been considered threatening.
U.S. District Chief Judge Linda Reade during sentencing said Haag's threats were "particularly frightening" and not simply a "nuisance." The hundreds of communications he made were "goal-directed" as Haag referred to his prior wrongful criminal convictions, she said.
According to evidence presented at the hearing, many of Haag's communications were directed at judges, officers or to the victim involved in his 2004 Allamakee County case where he pleaded guilty to criminal trespass and assault on a peace officer.
Reade also ordered that Haag must also participate in mental health counseling or treatment, complete a program for substance abuse treatment and can have no direct or indirect contact with his victims while on three years of supervised release after serving his prison time.