New Council Sought For Inmate Accused Of Threatening DA

9/20/17 – An inmate at the Waupun Correctional Institution accused of threatening the life of the Fond du Lac County District Attorney is seeking new council. James Luke’s attorney Katherine Findley withdrew her services yesterday and an October 12 jury trial will be rescheduled at a later date. Luke is charged with one felony count of Threatening a Prosecutor as a Repeat offender. According to the criminal complaint, the 29-year-old sent a letter to DA Eric Toney in March of last year that said there was a (quote) “target on his head that said death.” The letter also said that Luke and his (quote) “ISIS homies are going to cook you and your loved ones sooner or later.” Luke said that he would eventually have his time overturned and beat pending charges and when he is released he would personally decapitate Toney and mail his head to the local news so the world can see. Luke also praised Allah repeatedly before signing the letter “Haneef Abu Rafeeh.” Detectives from Fond du Lac County interviewed Luke and asked him if he was serious and Luke reportedly said “dead serious.” The FBI determined that the saliva on the flap of the envelop was consistent with DNA from a saliva swab from Luke. If convicted, he faces up to ten years in prison. Luke has a long history as a habitual offender with several convictions for Burglary and Battery By Prisoner.