A Platteville man was sentenced to probation on Monday for threatening the lives of Colorado’s governor and a local prosecutor earlier this year.
Jeromie Rose, 42, pleaded guilty to one felony charge of threatening a public official in each case. He was sentenced to four years of probation in each case, to be served concurrently.
According to the press release, Rose left a voicemail for Governor Jared Polis in which he said he was going to “put a bullet in the Governor’s head” as a result of losing food stamps. In March, he threatened to physically attack an Adams County prosecutor, saying that he would “beat the hell out of him, if not kill him.”
Rose’s probation will require him to undergo mental health evaluation and treatment. He will also be prohibited from contacting the governor, the prosecutor, or any other government officials.
“We take these threats very seriously,” said Adams County District Attorney Dave Young. “We will not tolerate threats against public officials, and we will prosecute those who make them to the fullest extent of the law.”
Rose’s attorney, Michael DeBonis, said that his client was “deeply remorseful” for his actions. “He understands that his words were wrong and that he needs to get help,” DeBonis said.
Rose is the second person to be sentenced to probation for threatening the governor this year. In January, a Denver man was sentenced to four years of probation for threatening to kill Polis and his family reports CBS News.
“The defendant’s actions here were not only outrageous, they were dangerous and they were criminal. Threatening violence against a public official fundamentally undermines the social fabric of society. Public discourse is often fraught, particularly today, but threatening or perpetrating violence is never acceptable. We will prosecute and hold accountable those who do.”
The Adams County District Attorney’s Office is urging anyone who receives a threatening communication to report it to law enforcement immediately.