A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has indicted a Houston man for allegedly calling the workplace of California U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters a number of occasions final 12 months and leaving voice mails threatening to hurt the Democratic congresswoman
LOS ANGELES — A federal grand jury indicted a Houston man Friday for allegedly calling the workplace of California Democratic U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters a number of occasions final 12 months and leaving threatening voice mails, together with saying he supposed to “reduce your throat.”
Brian Michael Gaherty, 60, was charged within the indictment with 4 counts of constructing threats in interstate communications and 4 counts of threatening a U.S. official, the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace in Los Angeles mentioned in a press release.
Gaherty was arrested April 13 after prosecutors filed a legal criticism alleging that he had threatened Waters, different elected officers and a information reporter in Houston.
The indictment says Gaherty referred to as the congresswoman’s workplace 4 occasions — twice in August and twice in November — and every time left a threatening message.
Prosecutors mentioned that in a single, he instructed the congresswoman he supposed to “reduce your throat.”
The indictment alleged Gaherty “knowingly threatened to assault and kill” Waters whereas she was engaged within the efficiency of her official duties.
There was no quick response to messages requesting remark from an legal professional who was believed to be representing Gaherty.
After Gaherty was arrested at his residence in Houston, he made a court docket look Monday and was ordered launched on $100,000 bond.
He’s anticipated to seem for an arraignment in U.S. District Courtroom in Los Angeles within the coming weeks.
Every depend of constructing a risk to a federal official carries a statutory most sentence of 10 years in federal jail. The cost of constructing threats in interstate communications carries a most penalty of 5 years.