Ulster man threatened to kill cops, their kids, police say
An Ulster County man has been charged with threatening to kill police officers and members of their families, police said.
Eric Hasenflue, 44, of Ashokan Rd. in Lamontville, sent a letter to Marbletown Town Court -- where he has other charges pending -- in which he threatened to murder police officers and their children, the Ulster County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.
Officials at Marbletown's court declined to disclose what previous charges Hasenflue faces there.
Hasenflue was arrested at 3 p.m. Wednesday and arraigned in Town of Ulster Court, police said. He was sent to the Ulster County Jail without bail. He is to appear in Kingston City Court on Friday.
Hasenflue spent more than two years in Fishkill Correctional Facility in the early 1990s on a conviction for weapons possession, according to a state database.
In March 2003, Hasenflue was convicted in Ulster County Court of a 2002 attempt to assault a police officer, court records show, and was sentenced to 10 years as a second felony offender. Hasenflue represented himself at that trial.
In 2005, a state appellate court ruled that the county court had failed to complete a required mental competency hearing before allowing Hasenflue to represent himself and returned the case to the county, according to court documents. It overturned his conviction in February 2008 after ruling that a 2007 competency hearing had relied on the testimony of experts who had not examined Hasenflue in 2003.
A call to the Ulster County Sheriff's Office for further details was not immediately returned Thursday. Efforts to reach Christopher Burns, a Kingston attorney who represented Hasenflue in a past case, were unsuccessful.