A Vinalhaven man was sentenced Tuesday, Feb. 26, to more than two years in federal prison for making threats against Swedish officials, including that country's king.

Eric Malmstrom, 40, was sentenced in U.S. District Court by Judge D. Brock Hornby to 27 months in prison and three years of supervised release for transmitting threatening interstate communications.

Malmstrom was convicted Aug. 27, 2018, after a one-day jury trial. He had been arrested March 9, 2018, in Sanford.

He could have been sentenced to five years.

The evidence at trial revealed that on three occasions in February and March of last year, Malmstrom placed telephone calls to an employee of the Swedish embassy in Washington, D.C., threatening to slit the employee’s throat,.

Between September 2017 and March 2018, Malmstrom placed hundreds of calls to the embassy and to the employee.

A federal affidavit states that at one time, he threatened to attack King Carl Gustaf (Carl XVI) with a knife.

In pronouncing the sentence, Hornby described Malmstrom’s offenses as “a despicable set of crimes,” in which Malmstrom threatened people “with vile mutilation and death," according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

“This case demonstrates that threats against public officials will be aggressively investigated and prosecuted,” U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank said in the news release. “Targeting a government official because of his or her official status threatens not only the particular individual victim, but also the system of government as a whole.”

The U.S. Department of State's diplomatic security service’s Office of Protective Intelligence, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Secret Service and the Knox County Sheriff’s Department handled the investigation.