SAN ANGELO - A San Angelo man was sentenced to four and a half years in prison after being convicted of retaliation for threatening police officers in Tom Green County, the state attorney general and officers in that office in Austin.

SAN ANGELO - A San Angelo man was sentenced to four and a half years in prison after being convicted of retaliation for threatening police officers in Tom Green County, the state attorney general and officers in that office in Austin.

Denizen Bell, 28, reportedly pled not guilty to retaliation, a third degree felony. Bell had a prior conviction for possession of a controlled substance a state jail felony and several misdemeanor convictions including possession of marijuana, criminal trespass and assault family violence.

According to court documents, on June 7, 2016, Bell called Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office claiming he was wrongfully convicted on a drug charge 10 years ago. When he was told the AG's office could not help him and was referred to someone who might be able to, he became upset and threatened to come to Austin and shoot the attorney general. He then made several more threats to Captain Greg Lucas with the AG’s office and a threat to go on a killing spree of all police officers in Tom Green County court documents show.

According to reports, Bell threatened to go “Islamic Nation” on the AG and law enforcement.

The case was tried in the 119th District Court, by First Assistant District Attorney Jason Ferguson. Judge Barbara Walther handed down the verdict and the sentence.

Denizen has been in custody since June 10, 2016.

Following the case, Ferguson commented on the severity of the charge and the need to prosecute individuals who threaten law enforcement and public servants.

“Public servants, especially our law enforcement, put their lives on the line every day to keep our community safe,” Ferguson said. “Unfortunately, around the state and the nation, we continue to see police officers targeted, assaulted, or killed in acts of senseless violence. Mr. Bell’s threats to the Attorney General, members of his staff, and our local police were dangerous.

“When there are threats made against our law enforcement, we cannot wait for those threats to be acted upon and I am pleased the jury agreed,” he continued. “Threats to our law enforcement will not be tolerated here and we will continue to protect our police as they continue to protect us.”