Man pleads not guilty to threatening prosecutor’s life, burning courthouse

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A man who threatened to kill an assistant U.S. Attorney and burn the courthouse to the ground appeared in Federal Court in Rapid City Tuesday.

Steven McCann, 36, pleaded not guilty to one count of threatening to murder a federal law enforcement officer and two counts of contempt.

According to a Federal Indictment, McCann appeared in Federal Court Dec. 21, 2018 for previous charges and allegedly threatened to murder prosecutor Eric Kelderman for performing his job.

The document alleges McCann also yelled and cursed in court before U.S. District Court Judge Schreier before yelling “when I get out, I’m going to burn this place to the ground” while being escorted out of the courtroom.

According to the complaint, McCann also allegedly stated he would “put a bullet in Kelderman’s” head while in a holding area.

If convicted, McCann could face up to 10 years in prison for threatening the prosecutor.

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