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      Markham has been found guilty in extortion trial

      Guilty on all charges. That was the verdict handed down Thursday night in the trial of a 64-year-old Manistique man accused of making terrorist threats and trying to extort city officials.

      Peter Markham was convicted of seven counts of felony extortion, one felony count of a false report of terrorism, and two felony counts of using a computer to commit a crime.

      Markham's dispute with city officials stemmed from a $46 fee on his water bill. Markham made threats of murder, arson, and suicide.

      Manistique city council member, Christine Rantanen, was one of the 14 witnesses who took the stand.

      It's hard when you think you're doing the right thing, said Rantanen. I do believe that people have a right to object or have their own opinions, but this was to the point where I believed someone was going to get hurt.

      Markham will be sentenced on March 16 in Schoolcraft County Circuit Court. He remains in jail Thursday night.

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