Man sentenced for threatening SC Sen. Graham

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- An Easley man was sentenced to 87 months in prison for sending a threatening letter to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 32-year-old Simon Peter Long was sentenced in federal court Friday for mailing a threatening communication to hard a U.S. governmental official.

Long pleaded guilty in June.

Had the case gone to trial, prosecutors planned to show that last November Long wrote a letter to Graham that said: "I hope you are happy with the job you are doing as a U.S. Senator. Cause frankly I'm not, along with a bunch of other people just like me. I'm going to take great pride in kill (sic) you. I've got a bullet with your name on it along with your family.{} So watch your back.{} Cause it's comeing (sic). You can count on it.{} Yours truly, Simon Long."

When Graham's office received the letter, officials contacted federal law enforcement.

Long was being held in the Pickens County Detention Center at the time on pending state charges. In an interview, Long admitted to writing the letter, adding that he meant what he said and still did feel that way.

During his sentencing hearing Friday, Long said he no longer felt that way towards Graham.