Former Weld Prosecutor Accused Of Death Threats

A former prosecutor in the Weld County District Attorney's Office was arrested in Texas and accused of threatening prosecutors in Greeley, the Greeley Tribune reported in its Tuesday editions.

Daniel Wingler, 29, was arrested in Harlingen, Texas, near the Mexican border on charges of felony menacing and first-degree assault on a peace officer.

The arrest came after Wingler allegedly called his former supervisor in the district attorney's office and left a voice mail that threatened to "burn her to the ground," according to an arrest warrant obtained by the newspaper. Wingler is accused of telling the woman he knew where she lived because he had attended several parties at her house when he was with the district attorney's office.

Wingler is also accused of threatening a Greeley police officer who contacted him by phone about the alleged threat to the prosecutor.

The identity of the female prosecutor was withheld for her protection, police said.

The Tribune reported that Wingler was a Weld County prosecutor from January 2002 to February 2004 and was arrested in 2005 after police found 60 marijuana plants in his apartment.

In March, Wingler was contacted by a Westminster, Colo., police officer after he went to a medical clinic there and reported having homicidal and suicidal thoughts, according to court records.

"I have been having visualizations and fantasies about going postal and killing everyone over there," he allegedly told the officer, referring to the Weld County District Attorney's Office.

Wingler is awaiting extradition from Texas and was being held on $175,000 bond in the Cameron County Jail. He was arrested at a relative's home in Harlingen.

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