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A man has been charged with threatening to kill a member of Congress

The court filing unsealed Wednesday alleges a Maryland man made an online threat to kill a Texas Congress member.

A felony punishable by a maximum five-year sentence awaits Justin Kuchta, 39, of Annapolis on a charge of interstate communication containing threats to injure.

After surrendering to authorities earlier in the day, Kuchta was expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday in Baltimore.

A court filing does not name the member of Congress whom Kuchta is accused of threatening in a message that said the lawmaker “will be the first on the gallows.” A staff member from the member’s district office in Texas reported the threat to police in July.

“You have the right to your own opinions, but not the right to threaten a federal official’s life,” U.S. Attorney Erek Barron said in a statement.

9 Sep 2022


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