A former candidate for Lawrence City Commission has been charged with a felony involving weapons, the Douglas County district attorney's office said Friday.
Sam B. Shepley, 51, has been charged with making a criminal threat, a felony. Shepley is out of Douglas County Jail on bond, awaiting a preliminary hearing.
According to police reports, Shepley last week approached a 23-year-old male clerk at Westside 66 Service, 2815 W. Sixth, and asked the whereabouts of an 18-year-old Lawrence man, also an employee there. The 18-year-old Lawrence High student allegedly made death threats to Shepley's two sons, one a Lawrence High student, after a fight last week.
Police said Shepley then walked back to his vehicle, opened his trunk and displayed the guns to the employee and asked him to pass on the message that his children were not to be harmed. The employee later told police Shepley threatened to kill the other employee.
Shepley, who lost an election bid for city commission in 1993, has denied making an overt threat.