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Man who threatened sheriff, Gov. Fallin's child has lost 'everything'

Scott Neil Helling, 49, threatened the lives of Gov. Mary Fallin's child and several law enforcement officials in an email to a television station.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: June 19, 2013 at 8:42 pm •  Published: June 20, 2013

A man who threatened the lives of Gov. Mary Fallin's child and numerous law enforcement officials in an email to an Oklahoma City television station “has lost pretty much everything in the past couple of years,” McClain County Sheriff Don Hewett told The Oklahoman.

Scott Neil Helling, 49, was charged last week in Cleveland County with two felonies for using his computer to threaten the lives of Fallin's unnamed child, Hewett and a McClain County sheriff's deputy.

According to an affidavit filed by Josh Dean, an agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Hewett was the focus of Helling's threats and anger.

Dean wrote in an affidavit that Helling believed Hewett “was responsible for killing his son as well as stealing $65,000 worth of firearms from him.”

“Helling wanted to point a gun at Hewett and place him under citizen's arrest,” Dean wrote in the affidavit. “If Sheriff Hewett ‘flinched' after Helling pointed his gun at him, then Helling was going to shoot and kill him.”

Hewett denied the allegations made by Helling, who the sheriff described as “apparently very troubled.”

“I've never met the guy,” he said. “If I did meet him, it was purely by accident and I surely don't recall it.”

Hewett said he's learned from OSBI agents that Helling is a former Okahoma Gas and Electric Co. worker who “has lost pretty much everything in the past couple of years.”

“From what I've been told, he's lost his family, his home ... pretty much everything in the last two or three years,” the sheriff said. “I think he's frustrated with his life and he's looking for somebody to direct his anger at. I guess it's me for whatever reason.”

Hewett said investigators think Helling has been struggling with an addiction to drugs, although he wasn't sure what type of drugs.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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