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UPDATE: Bail set for $15,000 for man accused in Heller threat

Posted at 2:54 PM, Aug 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-16 15:41:41-04

UPDATE AUG 16: A judge on Wednesday set Richard Brent Holley's bail at $15,000, ordered him to surrender two firearms and to stay on house arrest pending an Oct. 2 preliminary hearing of evidence in the case.
Holley wasn't asked to enter a plea to extortion, burglary and intimidating a public officer charges.
His lawyer, Michael Becker, says Holley has health problems and cares at home for his wife, who has severe ailments and has trouble getting around.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

UPDATE AUG. 15: The arrest report for the man who left a threatening note at Sen. Dean Heller's office has been released.

The note was folded and wedged underneath a sign for the office on the wall outside of the door. There was no evidence that the office was broken into.

Police released surveillance video of the suspect on July 19. On July 23, they received a tip that the man in the video was Richard Holley. They also discovered that Holley's wife is stuck in bed most of the time because of medical conditions.

Detectives were also able to locate a sample of Holley's handwriting and compared that to the note that was left at Heller's office.

On Aug. 2, detectives visited Holley and his wife. Holley initially denied writing the letter and even said that Heller was doing a good job as a Republican and he would consider voting for him.

He also said he was in good health and had no reason to be concerned.

Holley continued to deny he left the note although detectives showed him photographs from the surveillance video. 

However, during a conversation with Holley's son and daughter-in-law, the pair positively identified the man in the photographs. Holley's son also told detectives that Holley felt "extremely strongly" about the Affordable Healthcare Act and that he asked his son to keep him informed about the vote.

Evidence was also recovered that tied Holley to the note. 


A man arrested for breaking into Sen. Dean Heller's office has been identified as 62-year-old Richard Holley. He was arrested on Aug. 14 and has been booked into Clark County Detention Center on charges of extortion, burglary and intimidating a public officer.

The break-in happened on July 16 at around 9 a.m. The person who broke in left behind a threatening letter addressed to Heller.

The police later released surveillance video of the suspect and asked for the public's help in identifying the man.