NORMAN — A Norman man threatened, via email, to kill Gov. Mary Fallin's “child” and McClain County Sheriff Don Hewitt, apparently because he is upset about the death of his own child, court records show.
Scott Neil Helling was charged last week in Cleveland County with two felonies for using a computer to threaten the lives of Fallin's unnamed child, Hewitt and a McClain County sheriff's deputy.
Helling, who told investigators he sent the emails from the Norman Public Library, was arrested June 7 on “unrelated warrants” and booked into the Cleveland County jail. His bail has been set at $20,000, records show.
Josh Dean, an investigator with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, wrote in an affidavit that Helling believed Hewitt “was responsible for killing his son as well as stealing $65,000 worth of firearms from him.”
According to court records, Helling believed the sheriff was holding the guns at a barn near Wayne.
“Helling wanted to point a gun at Hewitt and place him under citizen's arrest,” Dean wrote. “If Sheriff Hewitt ‘flinched' after Helling pointed his gun at him, then Helling was going to shoot and kill him.”
Helling, who apparently is angry with the Purcell Police Department, as well, has been arrested numerous times this year, including three times for public intoxication in McClain County.
Less than two weeks ago, three people sought protective orders against Helling in McClain County.
Dean wrote in the affidavit that Helling had been trying for months to draw attention to his “case” without success.
Few details given
Details of the threats against the McClain County sheriff's deputy and Fallin's unnamed child are scarce in the affidavit.
“Helling wanted to kill Gov. Mary Fallin's child so that she would be in the same position that he is now,” Dean wrote.
“Helling believed by doing this he would then get the attention he believed his case deserved.”
Fallin aware of threats
Capt. George Brown, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, said Fallin's office is aware of Helling's threats.
The governor has two children from a prior marriage. Her husband, Oklahoma City attorney Wade Christensen, had four children of his own before marrying Fallin in 2009.
Brown would not say how many times Fallin or her family members' lives have been threatened since she took office in 2011.
“For security reasons, we may not comment on how frequently these type incidents occur,” Brown said in a written statement.
“I can, however, tell you any occurrence which may constitute a threat or possible threat to the governor, lieutenant governor or their family members, will be considered serious and may be investigated by the proper authorities to determine if any criminal charges are warranted.”
Attempts to reach Hewitt for comment on this story were not successful.