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Interior Alaska man sentenced for threatening to kill federal employees

A man who threatened Bureau of Land Management employees was sentenced to two years in prison on Wednesday.

Jay Rolf Armstrong of Wiseman pleaded guilty to two counts of threatening to assault federal officials in August, the U.S. attorney's office said in a press release.

Armstrong started complaining to BLM employees regarding an agency decision about "Armstrong's mining activities on public lands," the release said.

Then, on Jan. 9, Armstrong talked to a BLM official in Washington, D.C., and "expressed his anger at being denied mining permits," according to the release.

Two days later, Armstrong called government officials twice and threatened to kill BLM employees in Alaska.

"We should just go out and kill these sons of bitches. Honestly, I have half a mind to walk down there and mess them up right now," he said in the first call, according to prosecutors.

"Don't think for a second that if we don't get this resolved that I won't pick up arms. I will pick up arms, and I will kill you guys. That's not a threat," Armstrong said in the second call, according to the release.

Wiseman is a tiny village of about 14 people, about 270 miles north of Fairbanks on the Dalton Highway.

When federal officials searched Armstrong's home in Wiseman, they found "a variety of firearms," including rifles, shotguns, and revolvers, the release said.

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