May 4, 2023

Man accused of threatening to kill U.S. Senator Roger Wicker denied bond

Therese Apel

William Carl Sappington

A man who allegedly threatened to kill U.S. Senator Roger Wicker has been denied bond in federal court.

Authorities say on April 26, William Carl Sappington went to Wicker’s cousin’s home and said he was going to kill Wicker because of a run-in Sappington had with police nine years ago.

Sappington, 58, is charged with threatening to injure or kill a United States official.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported that Wednesday in federal court Magistrate Judge Roy Percy ordered that Sappington be held until the case goes to grand jury, based on his history of violent offenses and his habit of breaking the conditions of his release.

Sappington was also on parole for theft at the time he allegedly made the threats.

The Daily Journal reports that in February 2014, Sappington was arrested for the aggravated assault of his brother and was bitten by a police K9 as he fled. He was taken to a hospital in Memphis for his injuries.

An FBI agent testified that Sappington then said he felt that he was kidnapped since he was taken over state lines without a hearing.

Sappington was released from prison in November for the theft of more than $10,000 worth of property.

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