Letter threat against Graham leads to prison term for Easley, SC man

October 11, 2013 

Simon Peter Long


COLUMBIA, SC A 32-year-old Easley man was sentenced to 87 months in prison plus 36 months supervised release Friday after admitting that he sent a letter to South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham threatening to kill him.

Simon Peter Long, 32, told US Judge G. Ross Anderson he no longer holds any animosity against South Carolina’s senior senator, but prosecutors said that when he was interviewed at the Pickens County Detention Center, he said he meant the threat and still felt the same way.

Long wrote the letter around November 27, 2012, US attorney Bill Nettles said in a news release. In it, Long wrote: “I hope you are happy with the job you are doing as a U.S. Senator. Cause frankly I’m not, along with a bunch of other people just like me. I’m going to take great pride in kill (sic) you. I’ve got a bullet with your name on it along with your family. So watch your back. Cause it’s comeing (sic). You can count on it. Yours truly, Simon Long.”

The contents of the letter were released by the US Attorney’s office.

Long is currently being held in the Pickens County Detention Center facing state charges including manufacturing methamphetamine, burglary, receiving stolen goods and unlawfully possessing a weapon.

Rachael Myers Lowe

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