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4:22 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Richmond Man Accused of Making Threats Against Barr, Chandler

Rep. Andy Barr
Rep. Andy Barr

A Richmond man has been charged with threatening U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and officials say he also spoke of wanting to kill former Congressman Ben Chandler.

The FBI released an affidavit on Tuesday saying 40-year-old Russell Little repeatedly phoned Barr's Lexington office over a five-month span and made "both explicit and direct" threats.

Barr, a Republican, defeated Chandler, a Democrat, in 2013 for the central Kentucky seat.

FBI agent Michael Van Aelstyn wrote that Little also called Barr's office on Aug. 4 and "used a variety of curse words" to express his anger with Barr and Chandler.

Kentucky State Police arrested Little later that day and seized a loaded .38 caliber pistol from the front passenger seat of his car.

Little's attorney did not immediately return a message seeking comment.