Franklin Sain to gun-control backers: "Hopefully somebody Giffords both of your asses"
The subject of guns can inflame emotions. But Colorado Springs-based Franklin Sain is accused of letting those passions get out of control. He's been formally accused of harassment and more via e-mails sent to Representative Rhonda Fields, a gun-control advocate whose son was murdered, including one that practically invites her assassination. We've got the uncensored e-mails below, and be warned: The language in them is shocking and offensive.
Big photos below.
Back in 2005, long before Fields considered running for office, her son, Javad Marshall-Fields, had agreed to serve as a material witness against Robert Ray, who he'd seen murder a friend. But before he could testify, Marshall-Fields and his fiancee, Vivian Wolfe, were killed.
Vivian Wolfe and Javad Marshall-Fields.
As we reported in 2010, Ray is on death row for ordering the slaying of a witness in connection with another murder, this one in 2004 -- and Sir Mario Owens, convicted of spraying the car in which Marshall-Fields and Wolfe died with a dozen bullets, is also slated to die. However, appeals will keep those sentences from being carried out for years.
Rhonda Fields ran for office in part because of her concern over firearms violence, and she's got her name on many of the gun-control bills currently working their way through the Colorado legislature. She praised President Barack Obama's advocacy for change in a January interview with Westword, telling us, ""Because I'm a crime victim, I'm constantly reminded of my past and my own experience. And as a crime victim, it's very reassuring to hear the President of the United States say that he wants to do something to address gun violence. It felt reassuring."
Apparently not to Sain. Though he lives in Colorado Springs, he was identified in a now-deleted LinkedIn profile accessed by Fox31 as the chief operating officer for SofTec Solutions, based in Englewood. The company website notes that the firm was founded in 1996 "and has since been successfully providing services to Federal and Commercial sectors," with a concentration on government contracting. Animation on the home page boasts that Softec "staffed 298 recruiters nationwide for the U.S. Army."
Photo by Sam Levin Rhonda Fields, right, at a January press conference about gun-control legislation.
In a statement featured in his arrest affidavit, Sain mentions past military service. But that's hardly the most eyebrow-raising statement attributed to him. Not by a long shot.
Continue to read the Franklin Sain e-mails that led to his arrest, supplemented by photos, a video and the complete arrest affidavit.