Atlanta Man Facing Prison Time For Threatening Rep. John Lewis’s Staff: Report
A 43-year-old man pleaded guilty on Friday to one charge of threatening a federal official after allegedly making threatening calls to members of Rep. John Lewis’s (D-Ga.) staff, according to The Associated Press.
Dante Antione Rosser, a self-described Trump supporter, made more than 40 threatening calls last February to the lawmaker’s staff in Atlanta, which prosecutors said caused the staffers “grave concerns” for their safety, AP reported Friday.
Rosser is accused of telling staffers for the longtime civil rights activist, “you’re dead,” authorities said.
Federal prosecutors said that Rosser was responsible for threatening behavior between March 2016 and February 2017, including visiting the Atlanta office in person and making repeated phone calls of a threatening and sexual nature to Lewis’ Atlanta and Washington offices.
Citing a U.S. Capitol Police special agent who worked on the case, AP said that Rosser called staffers and threatened to “splatter their heads all over the ground.”
The AP reported that Rosser’s plea agreement calls for an 18-month prison sentence and three years of supervised release, which will be binding if a judge accepts the plea deal at sentencing in April.