GENESEE COUNTY (WWJ) – Four terrorism-related charges have been filed against a Fenton man who allegedly sent an email to 34 co-workers, threatening to shoot and kill them.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton says Stephen Challis, a contractor with Flex International, was upset because he thought a report would set back a project he was working on with Nexteer Automotive in Auburn Hills.

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Leyton says the email stated that the employees needed to decide who Challis would kill.

“Saying you were just joking around is not a defense, nobody thinks it’s funny,” says Leyton. “The chief law enforcement official of Genesse County doesn’t think it’s funny, and if you do it , you’re going to get investigated throughly and if it’s determined there is probable cause a crime was committed, you’re getting charged with a serious offense.”

Leyton read the email:

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“Sorry to report – I will be forced to kill one of you – just to send a message to others. You pick and tell me who it is. You can vote on it and decide on Monday. Whomever it turns out to be — don’t worry – you won’t feel it.”

Leyton goes on to say there was an attachment which Challis referred to as “one of my favorite team building tools” which was a picture of a shotgun.

Challis was arraigned on four charges related to terrorism and is on a tether at home.

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The terrorism related charges are 20-year felonies.