Wyoming Man Out on Bail After Threatening Daschle

Posted March 20, 2003 at 10:48am

Tracks in the snow led police to a 58-year-old Sundance, Wyo., man who has been charged with threatening the life of Senate Minority Leader Thomas Daschle, (D-S.D.).

According to the Rapid City (S.D.) Journal, the Spearfish (S.D.) Police Department responded to an anonymous 911 call at 8:30 a.m. on March 8. Court documents reported that a male caller said, “We’re going to kill Senator Daschle today.”

Police tracked Raymond Douglas Howard from the scene of the alleged call at a pay phone near a Spearfish restaurant, the paper reports. According to court documents, police found boot prints in the snow leading to the Spearfish Safeway parking lot and to a white Buick registered to Howard.

He has been charged with one felony count of threatening a constitutional officer, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Howard is also charged with misdemeanor counts of making a threatening phone call and for disorderly conduct.

Both the Capitol Police and Daschle’s office declined Roll Call’s requests comment on the alleged phone call.

This is not the first threat that Daschle has encountered. In past interviews he has recognized that he has had numerous threats, and for the past several years he has traveled with Capitol Police agents when he returns to South Dakota.

The FBI, Secret Service and the Capitol Police were all made aware of Howard’s alleged threat, but federal prosecutors are not pursuing charges at this time.

Howard is free on a $5,000 cash bond until his arraignment, which is scheduled for March 25.