CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA)– A man was arrested after being accused of making threats in regards to a mass shooting.
Michael Miller, of Savoy, is being arraigned Tuesday on one count of making a terrorist threat, a class X felony.
The Champaign Police Department investigated hundreds of emails sent by Miller to Mayor Deb Feinen.
Julia Rietz, Champaign County state’s attorney, said Miller made threats to commit a mass shooting in Champaign by First and Green Streets. Rietz said he sent out several email threats.
“On July 24, 2022, Miller sent a series of emails that suggested a mass shooting would occur at the intersection of First and Green Streets and referenced “a handful of folk I would personally want to murder.” Rietz said the emails contained other alarming phrases such as “even when I die I’ll know as I’m passing that you folk are being erased and all will be erased,” “when I say I am going to [do] something I always carry through,” and referenced having three people on his “murder list.”
On August 1st, Judge Roger Webber issued a warrant for Miller’s arrest. Police said they found three ghost gun kits and materials to make 9mm ammunition.
We reached out to the mayor’s office and was told she was out. We were directed to the Champaign Police who later referred us to the Champaign County State’s Attorney. Our interview with Rietz was canceled.