Franklin Sain apologizes to Rhonda Fields via email, attorney says
DENVER — The man who is facing criminal charges and lost his job after sending a slew of insensitive messages to state Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, has apologized to the lawmaker, according to his attorney.
Franklin Sain made another court appearance Monday morning, at which dates were set for a motions hearing and a trail date. The motions hearing was scheduled for July 24, while the trial was scheduled for Nov. 20. Sain faces one charge of harassment and one charge of attempting to influence a public official, which is a felony.
Those charges were field by District Attorney Mitch Morrisey after Sain sent threatening messages to Fields that repeatedly used the N-word and the C-word in emails Fields, who is the sponsor of a bill to require universal background checks on all gun sales and transfers and another that would ban high-capacity magazines of 15 rounds or more.
Both bills were signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper in March.
In addition to the charges filed against Sain, the 42-year-old chief financial officer at SofTec Solutions was also fired by the Englewood-based company.
Following his client’s court appearance on Monday, Sain’s attorney Siddartha Rathod said Sain reached out to apologize to Fields via email. He did not say whether Fields has responded.
In some of those emails and voicemails that were first reported by FOX31 Denver, Sain threatened to harm Fields, expressing his hope that someone “Giffords” her and co-sponsor Rep. Beth McCann. Sain also threatened violence that “will make World War 1 and World War 2 look like child’s play” was in store for the two lawmakers.
“Many will be killed,” Sain continued.
While he admitted that the messages Sain sent Fields were “despicable and disgusting,” Rathod said what his client did was not illegal.
“The First Amendment permits horribly offensive communications, especially to politicians, as long as they contain no threats,” defense attorney Siddartha Rathod said. “Mr. Sain’s emails and voicemail to Representative Fields, while deplorable, were not threats.