Man sentenced for threatening Rep. Ellsworth

April 2, 2010 8:51:16 AM PDT
A judge has ordered a southern Indiana man to continue treatment at a mental health center after he pleaded guilty to making a threatening phone call to Congressman Brad Ellsworth's Evansville office. Vincent Bufkin of Newburgh also was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in prison, but with good time credit he has completed that term as he's been in jail since his arrest in June.

Authorities say the 39-year-old Bufkin left a message on Ellsworth's office answering machine threatening to "kill you people" if the congressman didn't help him and his child.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports Bufkin told investigators that Ellsworth helped him once before while Bufkin was in jail and Ellsworth was the Vanderburgh County sheriff.