An Oceanside man pleaded guilty Wednesday to threatening to kill Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York in a voicemail message left at Schumer’s Washington, DC office earlier this year.
Johnathan Ryan McGuire was accused of sending a profane message to Schumer — the Democratic Senate majority leader — threatening to “blow your (expletive) head off” and “send some bullets your way,” according to an FBI agent’s affidavit filed in San Diego Federal Court.
The caller, who included several anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs in his message, also said: “Yeah, you guys are really upset huh? You can’t murder babies anymore…”
Schumer’s staff notified police of the message, which was received on May 3 and came from a phone number attributed to McGuire, according to court documents.
The affidavit also alleges that the US Capitol Police has documented “numerous threats made by McGuire to various members of the US Congress and a USCP officer” between 2019 and 2021, which were allegedly sent by phone and email.
McGuire pleaded guilty Wednesday in San Diego federal court to one count of making threats in interstate commerce and is scheduled to be sentenced in January. The indictment carries a maximum possible penalty of five years in prison.
– City News Service