Archive for Thursday, October 15, 2009

Not guilty plea entered in threatening calls case

October 15, 2009

A Bonner Springs man pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon to charges that he made threatening calls to his co-worker, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper.

Timothy Wyrick, 32, has been charged in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., with five counts of communicating threats by interstate commerce.

At the time of the calls, which are alleged to have occurred May 26, June 22, Aug. 7, Aug. 10, and Sept. 4, Wyrick was employed by the Kansas Highway Patrol as a motorist assist technician.

According to a criminal complaint filed with the court, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper began to receive anonymous phone calls from a male who made threats of bodily harm, described what the trooper was doing, what the trooper was wearing and where the trooper had been while on duty. The caller indicated he knew where both the trooper and his mother lived. The calls were received on the trooper’s cellular and home phones.

In one of the calls, prosecutors say, Wyrick said he had picked out a place to bury the trooper.

Some of the calls, prosecutors say, came from a pay phone at the Wal-Mart in Paola. Other calls came from a Tracfone with a number that investigators were able to identify.

Wyrick was freed on bond pending trial. His next hearing is set for Nov. 16.

If convicted, Wyrick faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.

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