A New Yorker was convicted of threatening to kill Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) and Fox News host Laura Ingraham and Greg Gutfeld.
More than a year after he to be charge48 years old Rickey Johnson was found guilty on Thursday of two counts of threatening interstate communications, each carrying a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Johnson, who also goes by the name Nigel Dawn Defarrenwas acquitted of threatening a US official.
“Instead of expressing his political differences constructively, Rickey Johnson escalated his discord by inciting fear,” U.S. Attorney Damian Williams wrote in a statement. “Johnson’s attempts to scare and strangle a US Senator and two Fox News hosts are a federal crime for which he has now been found guilty by a New York grand jury.”
The case was filed by Williams’ predecessor in the Southern District of New York, Audrey Strausswho said Johnson threatened “several cable broadcasters and current and former United States Senators and members of the House of Representatives.”
“Among the many great liberties Americans enjoy is the right to engage in political discussion, and disagreements are natural and healthy; but when the abuse turns to threats of harm or even death, law enforcement will act quickly to bring those responsible to justice,” Strauss said when the case was opened. submitted last year.
On January 30, 2021, Johnson sent a private message directly to Gutfeld on Instagram saying, “you will be killed,” prosecutors said.
He allegedly followed up that action by posting a video on February 3 of that year, threatening to kill Senators Manchin, Gutfeld and Ingraham, according to his criminal complaint.
“You all killed police officers,” Johnson said in the video, according to the complaint. “Donald Trump supporters kill police officers. […] You don’t know what you’re talking about. I’ll kill you.”
Mentioning the names of both Fox News characters, Johnson is quoted as telling them, “I’m killing you all.”
“Make sure we’re clear, I’m talking to you on my live Instagram, I’m going to kill you all,” he allegedly added.
A day later, Johnson said in a follow-up video by Manchin: “He’s dead, he’s damned,” adding that he would be “executed.”
“I’m killing them, you think I’m joking, and you’ll know I did it,” Johnson is quoted as saying.
The court papers also allude to threats against other public officials identified only as “Representative 1,” “Governor 1” and “Former Speaker 1,” who have been identified. elected in states other than New York.
Johnson’s Federal Defender Zawadi S. Baharanyi did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Senior Judge of the United States Lewis Kaplan will sentence Johnson on May 25, 2022.
Johnson’s marks one of several cases involving threats against US politicians to be handled in the courts in recent years. Felon Brian Maiorana pleaded guilty Illegal gun possession in a case accusing him threaten Kill the Leader of the Senate Majority Chuck Schumer. Others, Brendan Huntsentenced to 19 months in prison the sentence for threatening to kill the top leader of the Democratic Party. Earlier this year, the Texas man Chad Stark to be accused of threatening Georgia politicians the names of people were covered in the court papers, but Washington Post reported that expected targets include the Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) and Gov. Brian Kemp (R), both were scorned by the former President Donald Trump for rejecting his attempt to overthrow his election.
(Photo of Manchin by Drew Angerer / Getty Images; Screenshot by Gutfeld via Fox News; Photo of Ingraham by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
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