A Florida man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to calling the offices of three members of Congress and leaving racist and expletive-laced messages in which he threatened to kill them, prosecutors said. During those calls — placed in April to Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, Representative Eric Swalwell of California and Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — the man, John J. Kless, 49, ranted about guns and terrorism and threatened Democrats. Mr. Kless, a resident of Tamarac, Fla., pleaded guilty in Federal District Court in Miami to one count of transmitting threats through interstate communication. He will face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on Aug. 20, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. The federal prosecutor’s office agreed to seek the dismissal of an additional count in exchange for the defendant’s plea, according to court documents.
Source: New York Times June 12, 2019 01:04 UTC