Making death threats to members of Congress is ill-advised, and it’s especially dense to make them on a public forum like Facebook. A New York man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after he admitted to using Facebook to make threats against a handful of top Congressional Democrats.
Lawrence Mulqueen, 50, told a federal judge that he was “truly sorry” for his statements and the “violence they imply.”
Back in February, Mulqueen was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats after police discovered some disturbing Facebook posts.
“Their dirt nap is coming very soon,” wrote Mulqueen in one status. “I cannot wait to start killing the scum,” he said in another.
Court documents indicate that Mulqueen also made a “how-to” post on using the most effective weapons to get the job done. When Mulqueen was arrested (on an unrelated harassment allegation), police stumbled across the posts. They also found a couple of rifles, ammo, body armor, and various bladed weapons at Mulqueen’s home.
The threats were directed toward a handful of prominent Congressional Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and Rep. Nita Lowey. He also threatened New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and various members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
During sentencing, Mulqueen blamed most of it on his alcoholism, saying that it never would’ve happened if he’d been sober.
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