Arizona man jailed on charges of threats against Gibbons


CARSON CITY -- A 63-year-old man accused of making a death threat against Gov. Jim Gibbons has been booked into the Carson City jail.

Douglas Hoffman of Goodyear, Ariz., was booked Friday on felony charges of threatening acts of terrorism. He's being held on $100,000 bail.

Nevada authorities sought Hoffman's extradition after he was arrested March 19 without incident by Goodyear police.

According to the criminal complaint, Hoffman sent a letter on behalf of "USA Militia" to Gibbons in 2007 threatening harm if he did not intervene in a dispute with a Las Vegas developer.

Hoffman was convicted in 2007 of destroying 546 trees in a retirement village built by Pulte Homes outside Las Vegas. Hoffman accused the company of blocking his in-laws' Las Vegas Strip view.

"We can raze entire Pulte (Homes) communities, conduct drive-bys, torch house after house, use (improvised explosive device methods and or unleash are supply of chemical, biological, nuclear mass destruction or all of the above," the letter said, according to the complaint.

Hoffman was sentenced in January 2008 to 18 months to five years in prison for destroying the trees.

A preliminary hearing is set for June 25 in Carson City.

 

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