Man sentenced for threatening senator

EASLEY ā€” An Easley man was sentenced to more than seven years in prison for making a death threat to Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Simon Peter Long, 32, was sentenced to 87 months in prison for the 2012 crime, which he pleaded guilty to in June. In addition, Judge Ross Anderson Jr. said Long will serve three years of supervised release after his time in prison.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said that in a letter dated Nov. 27, 2012, Long wrote to Graham “I hope you are happy with the job you are doing as U.S. Senator cause frankly I am not, along with a bunch of other people just like me. Iā€™m going to take great pride in kill (sic) you. So watch your back cause its comeing (sic). You can count on it. Yours truly, Simon Long.”

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

The case was investigated by the FBI. Assistant Unted States Attorney Jeanne Howard of Greenville handled the case.