Man Who Threatened to Kill Congress Members Gets Sentenced

Man Who Threatened to Kill Congress Members Gets Sentenced

( – On December 16, 2020, Ryder Winegar left threatening voicemails at the offices of half a dozen members of Congress and a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Federal authorities later arrested him and charged him with one count of transmitting interstate threatening communications and six counts of threatening US lawmakers. Now he has been sentenced for those crimes.

Winegar will serve 33 months in federal prison for his threats. According to a press release by US Attorney John J. Farley, the sentence “sends a clear message that threats of violence” have no place in discourse. He said that while people are free to express their opinions, they cannot threaten lawmakers.

Winegar left voicemails telling lawmakers that they’d better stand behind then-President Donald Trump or they’d be hanged. In another profanity-laced call, he demanded that lawmakers who did not “support our president, support liberty” would be killed. He also sent an email to a New Hampshire representative threatening to yank the lawmaker out of bed and hang him.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Joseph R. Bonavolonta said sending threats to lawmakers is “not protected speech” and he hopes the 33-month sentence will teach Winegar a lesson.

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