A Friday U.S. District Court filing said that Harry Marshall Rae has a Tuesday plea hearing in Charleston.
A grand jury indicted Rae after he allegedly posted a threatening message on the governor’s website. Investigators say the message was part of a $50,000 extortion attempt.
Rae is accused of threatening to release an undercover video showing cruel practices in the greyhound breeding industry. Tomblin’s mother runs a breeding kennel, which became an issue during last year’s special election for governor.
Rae alleged he was in talks to provide the video to Tomblin’s Republican opponent, Bill Maloney. Maloney’s campaign said it had no contact with Rae.