Federal charges likely in threat to family

Man texted threats, photo of handgun
By Juliette Laaka | Apr 29, 2014
Courtesy of: Knox County Jail William McBroom-Stees.

Rockland — An Illinois man, who threatened to kill a woman's family after she fled to Maine to escape his abuse, will likely be federally charged.

William McBroom-Stees, 42, of Tampico, Ill., was abusive, addicted to drugs, and suffered from post traumatic stress disorder, the victim told Rockland Police Detective Dwight Burtis in an interview. The victim came to Rockland to take refuge with immediate family members, but McBroom-Stees located and continued to threaten her, according to court papers.

The defendant was arrested in Missouri in November, taken to Maine to face felony charges of domestic violence terrorizing and stalking. He has been held on $100,000 bail since December.

A motion was granted April 28 for McBroom-Stees to acquire a new attorney in light of the probability he will be Federally indicted. His current counsel, Roger Hurley, does not take Federal cases.

McBroom-Stees told the victim during one conversation he was going to start the "worst blood bath in America," according to an affidavit filed in Knox County Superior Court.

McBroom-Stees, an Iraq war veteran, said he "enjoyed killing over there and I'll do it again," said court papers.

McBroom-Stees claimed he was coming to Maine to kill the victim's mother and sister. He also threatened to kill her father in California if she did not return to Illinois.

While the victim was with police, the defendant texted her a photo of a handgun, and made comments about killing her family.

He also referenced voices in his head telling him what to do, said court papers.

Some of the conversations between him and the victim were recorded by police. According to the affidavit, he called her seven times during the time she was with police, saying he knew she was with the cops. McBroom-Stees was in Missouri during this time, and said he could see a police officer driving behind him. He began to make threats about hurting the officer, and Rockland Police contacted the Missouri State Police.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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