Denver police have arrested a Colorado Springs man for sending racially and sexually offensive e-mails to state Rep. Rhonda Fields, including one that said he hoped she would meet the same fate as a congresswoman who was shot in the head.
Franklin Glenn Sain, 42, was arrested Friday on suspicion of harassing Fields, D-Aurora, and unlawfully attempting to influence a public official.
Sain told police he was "just voicing some frustrations" about the Aurora legislator's efforts to tighten state gun laws.
Sain admitted sending Fields e-mails laced with profanity and racial and sexual epithets and leaving her similar voicemails. Denver police also believe he sent an unsigned, threatening letter to Fields that said: "I keep my 30 Round Magazines There Will Be Blood! I'm Coming For You!," according to an affidavit supporting his arrest.
The letter also mentioned Fields' daughter and said: "Death to Both."
Fields, whose son was shot and killed in 2005 before he was able to testify against a gang member, is sponsoring two bills that aim to close loopholes in private gun sales and limit high-capacity magazines.
The detective who wrote the affidavit said that because the letter contained the same phrases with profanity and epithets as the e-mails, he "believes that the above quoted letter received by Representative Fields on 2/21/13, was authored by Franklin Sain."
One of the e-mails, sent on Feb. 15, called Fields "pathetic" and also mentioned Rep. Beth McCann, D-Denver.
"Hopefully somebody Gifords both of your asses with a gun...." according to the e-mail quoted in the affidavit.
It was an apparent reference to former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head by a gunman in 2011.
Fields was so disturbed by the e-mails, voicemails and letter that she told police she skipped a Thursday town hall meeting because "she is concerned about her safety and she does not want to jeopardize the safety of others by attending the meeting."
She told police she had never before received such offensive communications from anyone else.
"I am grateful for the prompt work of the Colorado State Patrol in bringing this suspect to justice, and I also thank the Denver Police Department, which was instrumental in the investigation," Fields wrote in a statement Monday. "I will not be deterred by threats."
Denver police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez said she did not know why Sain was not also arrested for threats against Fields.
"That's part of the investigation," she said.
The affidavit detailed six e-mails sent between Feb. 13-15.
"You politicians have no idea what you are even doing anyway, do you know how long it takes someone to change a magazine, less than a second, so what if someone with experience decides to flip out and bring their gun in with 5 or so 10 round magazines, they can do the same amount of damage," Sain wrote in one of the e-mails he admitted to sending to Fields.
"Limiting magazine sizes is stupidity, and will not work. I for one have 100+ 30 rounds mags and 150 round drums. I will never give those up, and I am far from being some whack job," Sain wrote in one of the e-mails, the affidavit said.
Police detectives spoke with Sain on Feb. 19 at the Englewood office of SofTec Solutions. The IT consulting service's website listed Sain as its chief operating officer. Company representatives could not be reached for comment Monday.
Sain admitted sending Fields e-mails and said, "I used a term I probably shouldn't have. I will send her or call her and apologize," the affidavit says.
Later that day, Sain told the detectives: "I did not make any threats in my emails. I know emails are traceable and I wouldn't have done that ... I'm just voicing some frustrations about a topic I consider sacred, especially after wearing a uniform and fighting for this country. When you have media pushing blame on gun owners, that just brings my emotions out."
Sain repeatedly apologized to one detective for using a sexually derogatory word "and other racist names" in his communications with Fields.
"I don't use that word when I talk. I'm not a racist," he said. "Those emails are not who I am."
The Colorado State Patrol is providing extra security to Fields because of the episode, said Trooper Nate Reid, a patrol spokesman.
Sain has been released on $30,000 bond. Colorado Bureau of Investigation records show no prior arrest in the state.
Sain did not return a message left on his cellphone seeking comment.