Man accused of threatening Washington state governor

The OlympianJanuary 27, 2011 

A Graham, Wash. man accused of posting threatening messages on Gov. Chris Gregoire's website was charged Wednesday with a felony and ordered jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of Robert Ray Locke, 51, at his arraignment in Pierce County Superior Court.

Commissioner Patrick Oishi set bail at $500,000 at the request of Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist, who handled Locke’s arraignment.

Lindquist called the threats “violent and disturbing.”

Locke posted two messages on the governor’s website Tuesday and then filled out an online “event request” form that contained more threatening language, according to charging papers.

One message stated, “I hope you have the opportunity to see one of your family members raped and murdered by a sexual predator.” The second stated, “You should be burned at the stake like any heretic.”

The event request form, requested by “Robb Locke” of the organization Gregoire Must Die, asked for “Gregoire’s public execution,” court records show.

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