SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) — A man charged with threatening a California state senator allegedly boasted in an email that he could use his sniper skills to assassinate the politician while hiding in Sacramento.

Unsealed court documents contain a Jan. 11 email believed to be written by 45-year-old Everett Basham who claimed he had 39 confirmed kills in Afghanistan and warned “don’t make me get to 40.”

Basham has pleaded not guilty to a dozen charges after he was arrested last month. The California Highway Patrol tracked the death threat emailed to state Sen. Leland Yee. The email objected to the San Francisco Democrat’s proposal to limit the rapid reloading of assault weapons.

Basham was being held without bail in a Santa Clara County jail.

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