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Jul 12, 2013 10:10 PM by Tony Spehar - tspehar@koaa.com

Charges dropped against Colorado Springs man accused of threatening lawmaker

Charges against a Colorado Springs man accused of sending numerous threats to a state lawmaker were dropped in Denver on Friday morning.

Franklin Sain, 42, was arrested in February for allegedly sending racially and sexually offensive threats in the form of emails, voice mails and letters to Rep. Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora) because of gun control legislation she had sponsored. Sain faced a felony charge of attempting to influence a public servant and a misdemeanor harassment charge.

Sain's attorney argued over the past few months that, while Sain admitted to sending some of the messages, they were not threatening and political speech protected by the constitution.

"The results speak for themselves, and we are satisfied with those results," Siddhartha Rathod, Sain's attorney, said after the charges were dropped.

Prosecutors said their case was strong, but they dropped the charges at the request of Rep. Fields. Fields recently obtained a permanent restraining order against Sain and felt her safety concerns had been addressed..

"I know that she reached an agreement on a permanent protective order where she feels that her concerns about safety have been met through that process," explained Chief Deputy District Attorney Henry Cooper.

Fields took to Twitter on Friday morning to comment on the case.

"My concerns have been addressed and it's time to move on," she posted.

Under the terms of the permanent restraining order Sain is no longer allowed to have any kind of contact with Rep. Fields.

 

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