United States Attorney Russell Coleman today announced the charging of Jeremiah Wooley, 25, of Kevil for threats made against the Governor and state troopers.
According to the Criminal Complaint filed today, on April 29, Kentucky State Police charged Wooley for threats made against Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky State Police Troopers via a social media platform under a false name. During the arrest, Wooley had two handguns on his person, according to a news release from Coleman’s office. A search warrant of his residence revealed approximately 12 firearms, including a .50 caliber rifle, assault style firearms, shotguns, and handguns.
A State Police Hazardous Device investigator also discovered approximately 50 MKII pineapple style hand grenades in a bucket in the bedroom of the defendant. All of the grenades, with the exception of one, had been rendered inert by a hole drilled in the hull of the grenade or had been manufactured as novelty items. However, one of the grenades had the hull-hole welded shut, and boxes in the same room contained all of the necessary components to complete and assemble the grenade, including black powder, time fuses, electric matches ammunition primers, and grenade spoons, safety pins and spring cock strikers.
“ATF will continue to work with our local, state, and federal partners to investigate anyone who poses a threat against the citizens and communities of the Commonwealth,” stated ATF Acting Special Agent in Charge Lissa G. Jordan. “This is another great example of law enforcement agencies working together for the same goal, which is to keep Kentuckians safe.”
Wooley was charged with possession of an unregistered firearm (destructive device). If convicted at trial, the maximum sentence is 10 years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, or both, and not more than a three-year term of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Seth Hancock who also serves as the branch chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office-Paducah. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Kentucky State Police conducted the investigation.