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Threatening emails to Cuccinelli being investigated

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State and local authorities are investigating threatening emails sent to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Search warrants obtained by NBC4 Washington Thursday reveal the sender of the emails threatened the Republican candidate for governor and his family.

The email was sent through Cuccinelli's campaign website. The campaign reported it to Virginia State Police.

One message filled with profanity and misspellings ends by warning Cuccinelli not to seek federal office, saying: "btw don't run for congress il kill you," according to court documents.

"Nothing is more important to parents than the safety of their children," Cuccinelli said in a statement to the television station. "And like any parent, I take a threat to my children seriously."

Investigators traced the IP address attached to the email to a Michigan home, where they questioned the residents. State police say no arrests have been made.

Making threats through email is a federal crime punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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