A New Hampshire man was sentenced to prison for up to 10 years after he threatened to kill a senator, angry that he was “obstructing his military promotion,” according to federal court documents.
of announced by the New Hampshire District Attorney’s Office. Bryan Landry, 66, of Franklin, New Hampshire, announced Friday that he has been charged with assaulting, kidnapping and threatening to kill a U.S. government official.
Landry called the Senate district field office on May 17 and left a threatening voicemail message, according to court documents. The name of the senator Landry threatened was not listed in the court documents, only detailing that the senator has been in office since January 2021.
“Hey you fool, I’m a seasoned sniper,” Mr. Randy said in a voicemail. “Unless you change your ways, I’ve pointed my scope in your direction and I’ll come pick you up. Walking are dead men,” he said, adding several taunts.
Investigators tracked down Landry based on a phone number associated with the message, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In response to questioning by investigators, Mr. Landry admitted to calling the senator’s office, but initially said he did not remember what he said in the message, according to court documents.
According to the criminal complaint, Mr. Landry told investigators during the interrogation that he was “extremely angry at certain politicians over their treatment of Vital Rights Programs for Veterans.”
Mr. Landry later told investigators that he had called the senator’s office after hearing that the senator was “obstructing military promotions,” according to the criminal complaint.
Landry is scheduled to appear in New Hampshire federal district court on July 12, according to court documents. If convicted, Landry could face up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.
Lawyers for Mr. Landry did not respond to a request for comment on Saturday.
Elected officials, politicians and their families Faced with growing threats Violent political discourse has become increasingly prevalent in recent years. Such threats are made via voicemail messages. Social media Sometimes it gets more specific, like last June when a man armed with a pistol, knife and other weapons claimed to have gone to Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s home. intends to kill a Supreme Court Justice. In October, a man broke into the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco. beat her husband with a hammerfractured the skull.
Federal prosecutors did not identify the senator who was targeted, but senior military promotions held in the Senate After Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court, they became embroiled in debates over abortion policy.