Man charged with threatening State Fair official

Man charged with threatening State Fair official

By The Associated Press. CREATED Aug 11, 2011

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Berlin man has been charged with two misdemeanors in Milwaukee County for allegedly sending threatening and racially charged emails to a spokeswoman for the Wisconsin State Fair.

The messages were sent to Patrice Harris on Aug. 5 after she was seen on a television news conference discussing the assaults and violence at the fair the night before.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports ( ) a hate crime enhancer has been added to the charges against the 49-year-old man because of the content of the threats. Harris is African-American.

The criminal complaint says the messages were traced to the man's email and that during an interview, he admitted sending them. He also said he didn't mean to hurt anyone and was sorry.

   Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
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