State charges dropped against man who threatened Gov.

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
baker

The State of Utah has dropped charges against a man who threatened Governor Herbert in February.

52-year-old Brian Biff Baker, of Kearns, was arrested Feb. 2 after police received calls that he had been text messaging an acquaintance indicating plans to shoot and kill Governor Herbert. Baker was found several blocks from the Governor’s Mansion with a gun and ammunition and arrested.

Baker faced both federal and state charges, but the state charges were dropped Thursday in favor of federal charges, which carry a stiffer penalty. Baker is now facing federal charges of transmitting threats and possession of ammunition.