A Minnesota man who threatened the life of Rep. Ilhan Omar has pleaded guilty to the charges.
Patrick W. Carlineo, Jr., 55, of Addison, NY, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to threatening to assault and murder a United States official, and being a felon in possession of firearms, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.
Carlineo allegedly placed a telephone call to the offices of Congresswoman Omar, a Member of the United States Congress from the 5th Congressional District in Minnesota, in Washington, D.C.
The police say that a member of Omar's staff answered the call. During the call, the defendant stated, "Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood? Why are you working for her, she's a (expletive) terrorist. Somebody ought to put a bullet in her skull. Back in the day, our forefathers would have put a bullet in her (expletive)."
The United States Capitol Police then teamed up with the FBI to investigate the threats. Carlineo, a previously convicted felon, was found to be in possession of a loaded .45 caliber handgun, three rifles, two shotguns, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition at his residence in Addison, NY.
"This prosecution highlights the fact that the rights secured in our Constitution carry with them certain responsibilities," noted U.S. Attorney Kennedy. "The First Amendment right to freedom of speech carries with it the responsibility that individuals not make threats to harm lawmakers simply because they may disagree with them. The Second Amendment right to bear arms carries with it the responsibility that individuals who desire to possess firearms not commit felony crimes. This Office remains vigilant in upholding the rule of law and reinforcing the notion that—above all else—our Nation's founders viewed self-governance as the responsibility that each citizen has to control and govern their own behavior."
The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.