WICHITA FALLS, Texas (CBS / AP) — A Texas man faces federal charges after he made online posts threatening Democrats, including U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, authorities said.
Gavin Weslee Blake Perry, 27, of Wichita Falls, was charged Wednesday with transmitting a threatening communication in interstate commerce. According to federal prosecutors, Perry wrote on Facebook that Democrats, including Pelosi, “will be removed at any cost necessary and yes that means by death.”READ MORE: Looming La Niña May Push Western Drought From Bad to Worse
Perry remained jailed Friday and court records do not list an attorney who could speak on his behalf. Federal prosecutors said Perry admitted making the Facebook posts and that he told law enforcement he did so because he wanted to warn Americans to beware of the government.
If convicted, Perry faces up to five years in prison.READ MORE: Update: Fawn Fire Near Redding Grows To 7,500 Acres Overnight; Firefighters Look To Cooler Weather
On Friday, Pelosi is in Washington, DC as the House of Representatives votes on a $2 trillion stimulus bill in response to the coronavirus crisis.Air Quality Advisory Extended Through Monday Due To Wildfire Smoke
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