BANGOR — The first federal court appearance for a Bangor woman charged with threatening to kill Sen. Susan Collins was postponed, but a telephone conference was held later in the day.
Katrina Preble, 56, was charged Monday with two counts of interstate threats for leaving numerous voicemails at Collins’ Bangor and Washington, D.C. offices.
She was originally scheduled to be in U.S. District Court in Bangor on Wednesday morning. Judge John Nivison did appoint attorney James Nixon to represent Preble later in the day and also approved an unopposed motion for a psychiatric exam, according to the online docket.
In at least three of the threatening messages, Preble reportedly said she was going to injure or kill the state’s senior senator and in one threatened to behead her.
This is not the first time Collins has been threatened.
Exactly one year ago, a Burlington woman was convicted of sending a threatening letter to Collins’ Bangor home.
Suzanne Muscara, 37, was arrested after FBI investigators found her fingerprints on a threatening letter addressed to Collins that was intersected at the Hampden mail processing facility.
The court affidavit said she was upset after Collins voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice.
She told investigators it was a joke but they took it seriously and she was sentenced in October to two and a half years in federal prison.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, her release date is May 21.