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Milwaukee man pleads not guilty to threatening Gov. Walker's son

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee man charged with threatening one of Governor Scott Walker's sons could find out next week when his trial date will be.

31-year-old Robert Peffer has pleaded not guilty to 4 misdemeanor counts of making threats on a computer.

Authorities said Walker's son Matthew started getting threatening messages on Twitter June 30th, when he turned 20.  According to prosecutors, Peffer said he came across Matthew's Twitter handle when the governor tweeted him a happy birthday wish -- and the defendant later sent him 35 other messages.

Matthew goes to Marquette University, and he's the head of the Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans.

In court records, Peffer said his only beef against Matthew Walker is that he's the governor's son -- and Peffer had been involved in Walker's failed recall effort in 2012.

The Journal Sentinel said Peffer was also investigated for making threats against President Obama last year, and for comments and images related to the 2012 shootings at a movie theater in Aurora Colorado.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)