A Utah County man accused of writing threatening messages to an Internal Revenue Service employee on MySpace made his initial appearance in federal court Monday.
Michael Lee Wight, 45, was charged with one count of using foreign or interstate commerce to convey a threat in a complaint that was unsealed after he appeared before U.S. District Magistrate Judge David Nuffer. The complaint states that Wight's MySpace page includes a picture of Wight holding firearms and a photograph of a number of firearms laid out on a bed.
Under the photos was posted a long, explicit message directed at "government tyrants," an IRS collection manager and a woman and her husband who allegedly caused him "lifetime injuries" when she hit him with her car. It said the firearms would "… Insure (sic) Your Death and the return of Freedom in America! … "
The message was found Nov. 4 by a task force officer with the FBI who was able to verify Wight's identity, according to the complaint. A warrant was issued for Wight's arrest Dec. 4, the same day the complaint was filed.
Wight, who has a detention hearing Wednesday, faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
— Emiley Morgan