Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Attorneys Behind Bars Again

By Vanessa Miller, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa - An Illinois man recently out of prison for making death threats against Iowa City attorneys is back behind bars on allegations he contacted a "protected" victim.

Daniel S. Jason, 28, faces charges of felony stalking, his third or subsequent offense, and violation of a protective order after police said he continued a course of conduct that has "induced fear of bodily injury or death to the victim."

Jason was arrested this week on a warrant after police said he began contacting the protected victim on June 8 through various forms of communication. The illegal contacts have been through email, Facebook and phone messages, according to a criminal complaint.

Police accuse Jason of leaving two messages for the victim on her employer's voicemail system.

In one instance, Jason is accused of sending an email using a fake name in which he talked about recently being released from prison, according to a criminal complaint.

He said in the email, according to authorities, "Try not to tell anyone I tried contacting you, they get really mad."

Jason also asked the victim for forgiveness in the email, according to police.

He was sentenced in December 2010 to more than two years in prison for threatening to kill his attorney and previously threatening to kill two other attorneys and a state court clerk.

He sent a letter to Dawn Wilson, his Iowa City attorney, in November 2008, threatening to put 10 bullets in her head, according to court documents. He included a drawing of a woman with "RIP" and a gun next to it, the documents showed.

In the letter, Jason indicated that even if he was in prison, he would call people to confront her, according to the court documents.

Wilson had been representing him in a post-conviction relief case for his conviction of harassment, stalking and tampering with a witness in a Johnson County District Court, according to court records. During the Johnson County case, Jason also threatened two other attorneys, Eric Tindal and Tom Woods, and Sandy Dains, Johnson County District Court clerk.

At his sentencing hearing in 2010, Jason told the court he was sorry for sending the threatening letter and requested mental health treatment.
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