DENVER (CBS4)– A man has been charged with leaving a threatening message for a state senator.

David Cassidy was charged last week with attempt to influence a public servant and harassment. He was formally advised of the charges Tuesday in Denver County Court.

The charges allege that Cassidy, 59, left a threatening voice mail message on a cellphone belonging to Sen. Andrew Kerr, D-22nd District, with the intent to alter or affect the senator’s opinion or action about gun control.

The charges further allege that the communication was intended to intimidate or harass the victim.

Kerry said the voicemail had him concerned about his safety and the safety of his family.

Cassidy has been released from custody on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Denver County Court on April 15 for a preliminary hearing.

Franklin Sain is facing similar charges. He was in court Wednesday and will enter a plea next month.

Sain admits to making vulgar phone calls and sending threatening emails to state Sen. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora. She sponsored some of the gun control bills.

Sain’s attorney says the speech is protected by the First Amendment.


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