A New York man pleaded guilty to charges he threatened to kill Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of New York announced Monday.
Patrick Carlineo Jr., 55, could face up to 10 years in prison and have to pay $250,000 after pleading guilty to threatening to assault and murder a U.S. official and being a felon in possession of firearms. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 14, according to the office release.
U..S. Attorney James Kennedy Jr. said in the release this case demonstrates that free speech does not protect people to “make threats to harm lawmakers simply because they may disagree with them.”
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