Authorities: Inmate targeted Michigan lawmaker

AP News
Posted: Sep 23, 2011 9:49 PM
Authorities: Inmate targeted Michigan lawmaker

Authorities said Friday that they've thwarted a potential kidnapping or murder-for-hire plot by an inmate who was targeting a Michigan state lawmaker.

Few details have been released about the threat. Authorities said the case remains under investigation and no charges have been filed. They say the plot was being developed by a prisoner in a correctional facility who has since been isolated.

Democratic state Rep. Barb Byrum of Ingham County's Onondaga issued a statement thanking the Michigan State Police for uncovering the plot.

"Because this is an active and ongoing investigation, and to protect the privacy of my family, I will be making no further comments about this matter," Byrum said in a statement.

Byrum is in her third, two-year term in the Michigan House. It wasn't immediately known why the prisoner was targeting Byrum.

Michigan State Police spokeswoman Shanon Banner and Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan wouldn't release the identities of those involved because the investigation continues.

Banner declined to detail the nature of the threat. However, she said state police don't believe there's a current or ongoing threat to the lawmaker's safety.

Marlan said the threat was uncovered last week. He said the inmate suspected of involvement in the threat is in prison in part because of a solicitation of murder sentence.