UPDATE: Local dentist arrested, charged with terroristic threatening

Larry Fincher allegedly threatens to kill DFA employee in letter

A Conway dentist has been charged with terroristic threatening, according to an affidavit obtained by the Log Cabin Democrat from the Faulkner County prosecuting attorney’s office.

Court documents show Larry Fincher, 58, was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, class D felony, by prosecuting attorney Cody Hiland.

Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Matt Rice on Thursday afternoon said Fincher had been arrested and was being processed at the Faulkner County jail.

An affidavit from Hiland’s office states Fincher sent a letter to the Department of Finance and Administration in response to a delinquent tax notice that was sent to Fincher.

Fincher’s letter to the DFA stated that 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’s letter said he would kill Drew Smith, DFA division manager, and later stated that “he would make Smith’s wife a widow,” the affidavit said. Fincher also stated that he would kill “any government tyrants, agents or such that tried to shut down his business,” according to the affidavit.

The affidavit states Fincher wrote that he had a loaded shotgun in the corner of his office and “was ready to meet any actions against him with force.”

Fincher also stated that the letter should be kept and used in court in case he survived “an encounter with the government,” the affidavit said.

“I know that people can rightfully get frustrated with their tax burden and government in general, but we live in a society that cannot permit people to respond to that frustration by threatening to kill public officials,” Hiland said.

Fincher’s letter was sent to Smith from a fax number that is listed to Fincher, the affidavit states.

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