Opposition to the plan submitted by Wynn Resorts Ltd. (WYNN) to build a casino on land owned by the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., caused one casino supporter to threaten a town selectman.
Michael Viscardi, 40, is accused of saying that Selectman Mark Sullivan is "a dead man" if he refuses to change his position of opposing the casino plan.
Viscardi was released on bail of $5,000 after being arraigned in Wrentham District Court. He was arrested on a charge of threatening to commit a crime against the selectman, who is his neighbor.
Sullivan reportedly was so disturbed by the threat he moved his wife and four children to an unknown location for four days.
Jobs for Foxboro, a group supporting the casino plan, said Viscardi was not a member of the group and it did not condone any illegal or inappropriate action.