New Hampshire woman charged for allegedly threatening Mich. election official over text
A New Hampshire woman is now being nailed with federal charges for allegedly threatening a Michigan election official, including sending her graphic photos of a mutilated, bloody corpse, authorities said Wednesday. She told Republican Wayne County Board of Canvassers Chairwoman Monica Palmer that she should be ‘afraid’ after refusing to certify the results of the U.S. presidential election in favor of Joe Biden.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan on Wednesday announced that Katelyn Jones, 23, of Epping, New Hampshire, is being accused of sending menacing text messages to Palmer on Nov. 18 according to a criminal complaint filed by the FBI.
According to the criminal complaint, on Nov. 18, Katelyn Jones, 23, sent Board Chair Monica Palmer several profanity-laden text messages from a 269-area code phone number referring to Palmer as a “terrorist” and implying that she and her family, including her daughter, were in grave danger.
The complaint also alleged that Jones, a former Michigan resident, sent Palmer two graphic photographs of a “bloody, naked, mutilated, dead woman lying on the ground,” then sent a photograph of her minor daughter.
“F—king with our elections is TERRORISM, and us Americans clearly don’t tolerate terrorist so yes you should be afraid, your daughter should be afraid and so should (your husband),” the text reportedly said.
Palmer rescinded her vote to certify election results last month, citing allegations of voter fraud. This evidently set Jones off who then began to threaten her.
“You have made a grave mistake. I hope you realize that now,” Jones wrote in one of the texts, according to an affidavit. “[You’re] a disgusting racist b—h.”
Jones also threatened Palmer’s daughter via Instagram, “Your daughter is beautiful,” Jones allegedly wrote, followed by “I’d [sic] be a shame if something happened to her” and “Hmmm I’d [sic] be a shame if something happened to your daughter at school.”
Proud to see my former office prosecute this case involving an alleged threat of violence against an election official’s family. Threats of physical harm have no place in democracy. This is one way to deter them. https://t.co/OtNzejT7Dk via @freep
— Barb McQuade (@BarbMcQuade) December 23, 2020
Authorities said that Jones created a TextMe account to send the messages which authorities were able to trace back to her specific IP address.
Jones has confessed to sending the texts after being questioned by the FBI. She justified it by saying she thought Palmer was “interfering with the election,” according to the criminal complaint.
She was arrested Wednesday in New Hampshire and faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
“The allegations, in this case, should make all of us disgusted,” US Attorney Matthew Schneider said in a statement.
“There is simply no place in Michigan, or in the United States, for chilling threats like this to people who are simply doing what they believe is correct,” he added.
Palmer drew widespread criticism and was accused of racism after she chaired a contentious meeting of the Board of Canvassers on Nov. 17, where she cited problems with absentee ballots in Detroit.
When the meeting turned to public comment, Palmer and William Hartmann were criticized for hours by people watching on video conference. They subsequently changed their votes and certified the election totals, saying they were assured by the board’s two Democrats that a post-election audit would be performed.
Palmer and Hartmann said they voted to certify the results after “hours of sustained pressure” and after getting promises that their concerns about the election would be investigated. They said President Trump reached out to them in support immediately after the November meeting.
Federal prosecutors charged Karelyn Jones, of New Hampshire (formerly of Olivet) with texting threats, including a mutilated female body, to Wayne County Board of Canvassers Chair Monica Palmer pic.twitter.com/mZHLFckFlP
— Lisa Roose-Church (@LisaRooseChurch) December 23, 2020
Jones appeared in federal court in Concord, New Hampshire, and was told to report to the court in Detroit on Jan. 13. She must participate in a mental health program.