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Man pleads not guilty to terroristic threats charge

Mar 28, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

Prosecutors think John Cardine's actions caused a public nuisance for his co-workers and bosses.

A Lander man pleaded not guilty to making terroristic threats at his arraignment March 20 in Lander District Court. District Court Judge Norman E. Young kept a $50,000 cash bond in place for the defendant, John Joseph Cardine, and set his trial for July 14.

Prosecutors think the actions by Cardine, 39, of Lander, between Jan. 3 and Feb. 6 caused a public nuisance for his co-workers and bosses at the Wyoming Life Resource Center in Lander.

At a preliminary hearing Feb. 27 in Lander Circuit Court, Fremont County deputy attorney Tom Majdic said Cardine threatened his boss, destroyed WLRC property and built firearms parts on the job.

Lander Police Department detective sergeant Fred Cox said at the hearing that one of the threats involved Cardine's co-worker reading an e-mail to the defendant. The e-mail was from WLRC interim director Rich Dunkley, and a colleague reported that Cardine said, "I have a bullet for him," referring to Dunkley.

An affidavit in the case said the comment occurred Feb. 4.

To demonstrate the nuisance caused, Majdic said Dunkley took up residence in a hotel, WLRC installed security cameras and new locks, and a co-worker began carrying a gun in his pickup truck.

When authorities arrested Cardine, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives searched his house, Cox said. ATF found several silencers and an AR-15-style rifle converted from semi-automatic action to fully automatic, the detective said.