Man pleads guilty to threatening to burn Wheeler’s home

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The charges carry a maximum sentence of two years

Kermit Tyler Poulson. (MCSO)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has pleaded guilty to making threats on social media to burn down the Portland mayor’s house.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Wednesday that 40-year-old man Kermit Tyler Poulson entered the plea Wednesday in U.S. district court in Portland.

Poulson pleaded to one count of transmitting threatening communications with intent to extort.

Poulson says he was drunk and not on his medication while making multiple posts to his Instagram account in October 2018.

A prosecutor says Poulson threatened to burn down the home if the mayor did not fire an officer involved in the fatal police shooting of Patrick Kimmons in September.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison.

Poulson’s lawyer says he will argue for probation during a sentencing hearing scheduled for Oct. 2.

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