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Fenton man accused of threatening to kill fellow workers

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Stephen Challis (Source: Genesee County Jail) Stephen Challis (Source: Genesee County Jail)

A Fenton man has been charged, accused of threatening to shoot and kill the people he works with.

Stephen Challis, 58, went before a judge on Thursday after prosecutors said he made threats via email to shoot and kill employees at Nexteer Automotive in Auburn Hills.

Challis sent an email to 34 people on March 9 and said he would be forced to kill one of them and instructed them to vote on which one of them he should kill, according to investigative reports.

"I'm sorry to report I will be forced to kill one of you. Just send a message to others. You can pick and tell me who it is. You can decide on it and vote on Monday," Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton read from the email.

Investigators said the email came with a photo of a gun and ammunition.

"Based upon a delay, he got mad, he went home and he got on his laptop and wrote the email," Leyton said

Some of the recipients reported the email to authorities and Challis was arrested. He has been charged with two counts of false report or threat of terrorism and two counts of using a computer to commit a crime.

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The Genesee County Prosecutor's Office said Challis works for Flex Live Smarter Corp, also known as Flextronics, and is involved with a contracted project with Nexteer Automotive.

He was given a $60,000 personal recognizance bond and placed on a tether at his home.

Leyton said police found a gun, but no proof any of the threats were serious.

"Making threats to shoot and kill others is something law enforcement and my office take very seriously," Leyton said. "I am not going to second guess the true intentions of an individual who makes a threat to commit mass violence with a gun."

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