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December 2, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Man sentenced to prison for threatening Kirkland officials

A 53-year-old man who threatened to arrest Kirkland Mayor Joan McBride and Assistant City Attorney Oskar Rey was sentenced today in U.S. District Court to 40 months in prison.

David Myrland, 53, of Kirkland, wrote a letter to McBride last year saying that he planned to show up at her home and stage a citizen’s arrest. Myrland apparently sent the letter because he was upset that Kirkland police had arrested him on Aug. 10, 2010, for driving with a suspended license and other traffic infractions. During the arrest, his vehicle was impounded and a gun found on his passenger seat was briefly taken from him, prosecutors said.

The letter was emailed to McBride on Aug. 30, 2010. McBride told police that she did not know Myrland and was not familiar with his case. The mayor filed for a restraining order, police said.

The following month, Kirkland police received a call from Rey with regards to Myrland, charging paperwork said. Rey said that a man called his home and left a message that said, “Keep your doors unlocked. Don’t resist. You are going to be meeting people.” The caller ID listed the caller as Myrland along with his phone number, charging papers said.

Since Rey lives in Seattle, he filed a report with Seattle police, charging papers said. Rey and his family left their home out of fear, prosecutors said.

When police talked with Myrland on Sept. 8, 2010, he complained that Kirkland officers had “illegally arrested and kidnapped him, stole his motor vehicle, disarmed him by taking his handgun and allowed fines to be incurred against him in both tow and impound fees and illegal citations,” charging paperwork said. Myrland told police he had “every right” to “arrest” McBride and Rey in connection with his Aug. 10 arrest, charges said.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Myrland is an associate of the so-called “Sovereign Citizens” movement which claims the laws of the United States do not apply to them. During Myrland’s sentencing today, U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez told him, “The law applies to everyone. … And the consequences of breaking the law apply to everyone as well.”

Martinez also ordered Myrland to repay the City of Kirkland $1,961 for police overtime costs.

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