A Louisville man has been charged with third-degree terroristic threatening after police say he directed several threats on social media toward Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear.
James Troutman was arrested Tuesday, according to an arrest citation, and was ordered to stay away from guns and social media following Wednesday’s arraignment.
Kentucky State Police officials were contacted last week, court documents show, after a Facebook account linked to Troutman had posted a comment saying Beshear should be asked in a press conference about William Goebel, a former Kentucky governor who was shot and killed while in office in 1900.
“For those of you who don’t know the history,” the statement said, according to police, “… it’s a good read.”
Troutman was contacted by police and interviewed, according to court records, at which point he admitted to writing the statement.
Four days later, on Monday, KSP officials were made aware of another statement from Troutman’s account that was made in an exchange with an unidentified separate account.
A rally was scheduled in Frankfort, and when the other account asked if the governor would be there “shooting plates,” Troutman, police say, replied “with any luck the (governor) will be the one at whom the shooting will be directed.”
Troutman, a Louisville attorney, was arrested the following day, according to the citation.
Kentucky lawmakers had previously spoken out against other threats directed toward Beshear after a separate recent Facebook post said the governor should be eliminated “by any means necessary via the Second Amendment.” Several notable figures in the state, including Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Secretary of State Michael Adams, condemned the remark.
Kentucky State Police provide Beshear with security every day, the governor has said.