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Michigan court: Call to UP police was a terrorist threat

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Posted at 7:55 AM, May 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-09 07:55:49-04

(AP) — The Michigan appeals court has affirmed the conviction of a man who was charged under an anti-terrorism law. Wilson Byczek uttered what was deemed to be a threat to the Iron County sheriff's office in the Upper Peninsula in 2017.

Byczek was suing a local resort over a workplace injury and said if he didn't get money “it was going to be hashtag Las Vegas.” A mass shooting in Las Vegas had occurred days earlier.

Byczek was convicted of making a terrorist threat and sentenced to seven years in prison.

The appeals court upheld the conviction, although one judge said the result is not what the Legislature intended when it passed a law after 9/11.