Ohio Woman Charged with Threatening Two Michigan State Representatives

An Ohio woman is facing charges of threatening two Michigan state representatives after the Michigan Attorney General’s Office says she left threatening and racist voicemails for state Representatives Cynthia Johnson and Sarah Anthony.

Sandra Bachman, 58, of Batavia, Ohio, was charged in 54A District Court with the following:

  • one count of false report or threat of terrorism, a 20-year felony;
  • one count of ethnic intimidation, a two-year felony; and
  • two counts of telecommunications services – malicious use, a six-month misdemeanor.

“This rise in threats against elected officials will not be tolerated,” said Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. “Those who think hiding behind a phone or keyboard will prevent them from facing criminal charges are severely mistaken. I appreciate the work done across state lines to bring accountability in this case.”

The attorney general’s office alleges Bachman left a threatening voicemail for Rep. Anthony in May 2021. The message said:

“Hay um, need to cancel that bill against the vets, you little traitor. And, um, you won’t see the bullet coming, let me tell you that. So, stop this sh*t and you’re fired. We’ll be coming to Michigan soon to remove you from your post.” 

The office also alleges that Bachman left a threatening voicemail for Rep. Johnson in June 2021. An excerpt of the message, which has been censored, included:

“Well, baby-doll, n***a lip b***h, monkey, we are going to get you. You will die. You are one of the worst offenders. We actually have a tier too, in like points for how much you are worth once we kill you…. You’re going to die and I’m happy about it. The whole world will be rejoicing, just know that. Sleep well.” 

Bachman is set to be arraigned on March 31.