Man jailed after threatening Magistrate Coffman


BUCKHANNON — McKinley Storm Riffle, 24, Buckhannon, appeared before Lewis County Magistrate Roger D. “Rob” Clem in regard to a felony count of intimidation and retaliation against a public officer, namely Upshur County Magistrate J.M. “Mike” Coffman. According to a report filed in Upshur County Magistrate Court, Lt. Doug Loudin of the Buckhannon Police Department was notified by 911 about a call that was received by Upshur County 911 Center of a male making threats of violence. The caller came into the Buckhannon Police Department upon the request of Officer Kraemer of the Buckhannon Police Department. The individual stated that when he pulled into his driveway and was exiting his vehicle he was met by a male subject, later identified as Riffle. The individual stated that Riffle was making comments about just getting out of jail and wanting to get revenge. The individual did state that Riffle named several people but the only one that stood out was Upshur County Magistrate J.M. “Mike” Coffman. It was also noted in the officer’s report that Riffle made comments about watching the world burn. Riffle is currently being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $100,000 bail. According to West Virginia code, it is unlawful for a person to cause injury or loss to a person or property or to threaten to do so where such threat is directed at inciting or producing imminent lawless action of a violent nature that could cause bodily harm and is likely to incite or produce such action or attempt to do so, with the intent to: Retaliate against a public official or employee for the performance or nonperformance of an official duty; or retaliate against any other person for attending testifying or participating in an official proceeding, or for the production of any record, document or other object produced by a person in an official proceeding.

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