A Columbus man received a 22-month sentence Monday in federal court for sending more than a dozen threats to an Oklahoma sheriff and threatening a Columbus FBI agent who came to his house to interview him.
Joseph Michael Bragg, 40, had been in custody for 22 months, so his confinement is for time served. However, U.S. District Judge Michael Watson of the Southern District of Ohio in Columbus directed that Bragg serve an additional three years of supervised release.
The terms of his supervised release include that Bragg must also undergo substance-abuse testing, counseling and mental-health treatment including medication management as directed by the U.S. Probation office. Bragg also cannot have contact with his victims.
During June and July of 2018, Bragg transmitted at least a dozen communications electronically — many through the Oologah, Oklahoma public website — threatening to violently injure Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton along with police officers and their families, court records show.
On July 20, 2018, an FBI agent from Columbus, at the request of the FBI in Oklahoma, went to Bragg’s residence.
Bragg greeted the FBI agent by shouting profanities and insisting “you have no authority here” as he went away from the door. Bragg came back to the door threatening to shoot and decapitate the agent, court records show.
That prompted the agent to draw his weapon in defense. The agent left and then returned with a search warrant.
Bragg was later arrested and pleaded guilty in July 2019 to to one count of transmitting a threat in interstate commerce and one count of influencing a federal official by threat.