Garden City man charged with threatening state senator

    Sen. Erika Geiss | Nick Manes

    Police have charged John Mailley, 59, with ethnic intimidation felonies after threatening state Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), the Lansing State Journal reported Tuesday. The Garden City man had previously been convicted on ethnic intimidation and other charges.

    Mailley allegedly left three voicemails in June, threatening to kill Muslims in one of them, according to a Michigan State Police affidavit.

    “For each Jew and for each Christian that dies in this country cuz [sic] of a Muslim, there’ll be a whole bunch of Muslims dead and I’m going to start killing them one at a time,” a transcript of one of the voicemails read, per the State Journal. “Children and all, we don’t give a [expletive] you little Muslim scum.”

    In March 2004, Mailley was convicted of two counts of ethnic intimidation and one count of malicious use of telecommunications in Wayne County, the State Journal reports. He was sentenced to 13 months to two years in prison.

    Geiss was elected to the state Senate in 2018 and represents Romulus, Taylor and part of Van Buren Township. She previously served two terms in the state House.

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