Man sentenced for threatening to decapitate FdL County DA for ISIS

Published: Feb. 7, 2018 at 2:24 PM CST
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A man claiming to be with the terrorist organization ISIS has been sentenced for threatening Fond du Lac County's District Attorney.

James Luke, 29, was ordered to spend two years in state prison for threatening DA Eric Toney. Luke is already in prison on a separate conviction, so this sentence will lengthen his stay.

Luke was in the Waupun Correctional Institution in Dodge County when he wrote a letter to Toney. Luke claimed he was acting on behalf of the terror group ISIS.

"I am going to personally decapitate you and mail your head in a box to the local news," Luke wrote to Toney.

Investigators do not believe Luke has a legitimate connection to ISIS.

Luke was angry with Toney for Toney's prosecution of an unrelated homicide case, according to the Dodge County District Attorney's Office.

Dodge County DA Kurt Klomberg prosecuted the threat case against Luke.

The two-year sentence will delay Luke's release from prison from 2036 until, at least, 2038.

Klomberg says, “District Attorneys are required to make difficult decisions every day, and some of those decisions are unpopular with sections of the community. Threatening statements and acts in retaliation to the work of a prosecutor will not be allowed to pass without a strong response.”

Luke has a history of battery. In 2015, he attacked a psychologist and a correctional officer at Green Bay Correctional Institution.

Target 2 spoke with the officer who survived the attack. The officer described it as "absolute terror."

Luke was transferred from GBCI to Waupun Correctional Institution after the attack.