Detroit man charged with threatening Mississippi governor

Harold Joseph Collins (Source: Hinds County Sheriff's Dept.)
Harold Joseph Collins (Source: Hinds County Sheriff's Dept.)(WTOK)
Published: Feb. 26, 2019 at 4:50 PM CST
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The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation announced Tuesday that a Detroit man has been charged with allegedly making threats against Gov. Phil Bryant.

Harold Joseph Collins, 48, was arrested on five counts of cyberstalking for making multiple deadly threats over the telephone to Bryant and his office during the month of January.

The U.S. Marshals Service and the Detroit Police Department assisted in the investigation and making the arrest.

“These threats were of a very serious and specific nature and we did not take them lightly,” said MBI Director Lee Morrison. “We appreciate the assistance of both agencies in the apprehension of Collins.”

Collins was arraigned in Hinds County and was denied bond. If convicted, Collins faces a maximum of two years and a fine up to $5,000 per count, which could result in a total of ten years in prison and a fine of $25,000.

MBI says the results of the investigation will be presented to the district attorney’s office for review.