CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who made threatening phone calls to Allamakee County employees pled guilty on January 25, 2013, in federal court in Cedar Rapids.
Kenneth Haag, age 26, from Lansing, Iowa, was convicted of one count of using a telephone to transmit an interstate communication threatening to injure another person.
In a plea agreement, Haag admitted that on November 9, 2011, he called the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office and threatened to kill an Allamakee County Sheriff’s Deputy. Other information filed in the case showed that Haag initiated numerous communications via telefax, email, or telephone, between about November 2011, and January 2012, to the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office; the Allamakee County Clerk of Court Office; and State of Iowa Judges in Allamakee County. In several of the communications, Haag made threats to injure or kill county officials or judges.
Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Haag remains in the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Haag faces a possible maximum sentence of up to five years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100.00 special assessment, and up to three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard L. Murphy and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.