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Man gets 3 years’ probation for threat

Published: Tue, May 8, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.



Staff report


A 64-year-old Canfield man has been sentenced to three years’ probation for making a death threat by telephone against U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson of Marietta, R-6th.

James J. Shuba drew the sentence Monday from U.S. District Court Judge Christopher A. Boyko after Shuba earlier had pleaded guilty to making a threatening interstate telephone call from Ohio to Washington, D.C.

Judge Boyko also fined Shuba $3,000 and ordered him to perform 40 hours of community service.

Last June 23, Shuba told a congressional employee: “Bill Johnson is a g--d---- son of a b----, and I hate him. I wanna kill him. He wants to end Social Security and Medicare. I hope he dies. He should be dead,” according to the federal grand-jury indictment.

In a sentencing memorandum filed Friday, Shuba’s lawyer, Damian A. Billak of Canfield, told the judge his client should be put on probation, rather than sent to prison because he has no prior criminal convictions and had no intention of carrying out his threat.

“Mr. Shuba’s comment was motivated by his political beliefs, and he has never been in any trouble,” Billak wrote.

“Mr. Shuba is deeply remorseful, ashamed and embarrassed by his conduct. Mr. Shuba would never have acted on his words. He poses no further risk of future offense,” Billak wrote.

Shuba is married, has two adult children, and is a postal retiree, who served in the Ohio National Guard, Billak added.

“It is not necessary to incarcerate to promote respect for the law or to provide just punishment,” Billak added.


1keepingitreal(25 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

What is it with these postal workers? Are they all nutty?

He must of worked the counter at the post office, judging by his pleasant demeanor!

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2ron6020(1 comment)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Expressing his first amendment rights? PLEASE! The idiot threatened a congressmen for God's sake. This guy is a nutbag. He should have been put in the slammer with Bubba for 10 years.

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3greene(167 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

My sister says te same thing to me everytime I talk to her. Postal Worker, check...

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4redeye1(5413 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Hey Flick The last thing this valley needs is free-spending Charlie Wilson again. He has his head up Pelosi arse , he cant see daylight.

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5rocky14(796 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Hey---what about that nut case Ted Nugent?
They should throw this moron in prison and throw away the key!

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6author50(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Isnt Chuba one of Loooooie Free's only callers?

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