Louisville attorney arrested, accused of threatening Gov. Beshear
A Louisville attorney has been arrested after being accused of threatening Gov. Andy Beshear.
Kentucky State Police were made aware last week of a statement made on a Facebook account bearing the name “Greg Troutman.”
“Maybe some should ask Beshear in a press conference about his thoughts on William Goebel. For those whose of you who don’t know the history…it’s a good read,” Troutman said on Facebook.
Goebel was the 34th governor of Kentucky who was shot by an assassin the day before he was sworn in. He died four days later.
When questioned by police, Troutman, 53, acknowledged he made the statement and provided a detailed account history of Goebel and his assassination.
Officials said a few days later, Kentucky State Police received another statement Troutman made on Facebook. Screenshots were sent to police of the exchange:
Troutman: “There’s a rally tomorrow in Frankfort and Lansing.”
Anonymous user: “Will the governor be there shooting plates?”
Troutman: “With any luck the Gov will be the one at whom the shooting will be directed.”
Police said they believe Troutman’s statement expressed an intent to commit a crime likely the result in death or serious physical injury to Beshear.
Troutman was taken into custody on a terroristic threatening charge.
He is on home incarceration and is being held on a $5,000 bail.