A local dentist, accused of sending a threatening letter to a Department of Finance and Administration employee, pleaded guilty to second-degree terroristic threatening in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Tuesday morning.

Larry Fincher, 58, originally charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, a class D felony, entered the plea to a class A misdemeanor before Judge Ed Clawson. Fincher was sentenced to 12 months probation.

Fincher, whose dentist office is located at 4206 Prince St., is also required to pay court costs, a $1,000 fine and other fines, all totaling $1,220.

The maximum punishment for a class A misdemeanor is one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The local dentist was arrested May 9 after sending a letter to a DFA division manager, from a fax number listed to Fincher, in response to a delinquent tax notice.

In the letter, Fincher stated he would cause death or serious injury to anyone "who attempted to come and collect or remove him from his business," the affidavit states.

Fincher also threatened to "make the (DFA employee’s) wife a widow," and threatened to kill "any government tyrants, agents or such that tried to shut down his business," according to the affidavit.

Fincher also stated he had a loaded shotgun in his office and was "ready to meet any actions against him with force" in the letter, the affidavit states.

If Fincher had been convicted of first-degree terroristic threatening, the dentist would have faced up to six years in prison.

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