Court upholds UP man's terrorism conviction

May 10, 2021

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Appeals Court has affirmed the conviction of a man who was charged under an anti-terrorism law.

Wilson Byczek uttered what was deemed to be a threat to the Iron County sheriff's office in 2017. He was suing a local resort over a workplace injury and said if he didn't get money, it was “going to be hashtag Las Vegas.” A mass shooting in Las Vegas had occurred days earlier.

Byczek was convicted of making a terrorist threat and sentenced to seven years in prison. The appeals court upheld the conviction, although one judge said the result is not what the Legislature intended when it passed a law after 9/11.