New York man pleads guilty to posting threats against Sen. Warnock and Congress

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Georgia Democratic Candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock meets with supporters connected January 5, 2021 successful Marietta, Georgia. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)

A New York antheral has pleaded blameworthy aft posting online convulsive threats against Congress and recently elected Georgia Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock successful the lead-up to and during the January 6 insurrection, national prosecutors announced Monday.

Eduard Florea posted respective convulsive comments from his Parler account, nether the sanction “LoneWolfWar,” connected January 5 and 6, according to tribunal filings.

Some of those comments, according to the filings, were aimed astatine Warnock, whose triumph successful Georgia connected January 5 helped unafraid power of the enclosure for Democrats.

“Warnok [sic] is going to person a hard clip casting votes for communist policies erstwhile he’s swinging with the f***ing fish,” Florea wrote, according to a January 22 indictment.

Florea commented connected different Parler user’s station astir Warnock with the remark, “Dead antheral tin walk s**t laws,” according to the filings. As the Capitol siege was underway connected January 6, helium posted respective much comments astir traveling to Washington to “attack from each sides” and to “unleash immoderate violence,” according to the indictment. Court filings bespeak Florea did not enactment successful the insurrection astatine the Capitol.

The US Attorney’s bureau for Eastern District of New York said Monday that Florea had pleaded blameworthy to 1 number of transmitting threats to injure and 1 number of possessing ammunition aft having been convicted of a felon. Florea could look up to 15 years successful prison, but a spokesperson for the prosecutors told CNN successful an email that the estimated sentencing line is 15-21 months.

Florea is scheduled to beryllium sentenced connected November 29.

CNN’s attempts to scope Florea’s lawyer were unsuccessful.

Warnock’s bureau did not instantly respond to a petition for comment.

“With today’s blameworthy plea, Florea admits to threatening the beingness of a palmy campaigner for the U.S. Senate and to urging others to instrumentality up arms to unleash unit astatine the Capitol connected January 6, 2021 to thwart the results of the Presidential election,” acting US Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis said successful a statement.

Before the threatening comments astir Warnock, Florea posted connected Parler connected January 5 that “We request to each travel to an statement . . . and spell equipped . . . and truly instrumentality backmost Washington,” according to the indictment.

During the hours that the Capitol was being ransacked, Florea continued to station threatening comments including, “we request to regroup extracurricular of DC and onslaught from each sides… talking to immoderate different guys….I volition support watching for the signal,” according to prosecutors.

Other comments, according to the tribunal filings, said: “The clip for bid and civility is implicit . . . . / 3 cars afloat of equipped patriots are enroute from NY / 3 cars of equipped patriots heading into DC from NY / Guns cleaned loaded . . . got a clump of guys each equipped and acceptable to deploy . . . we are conscionable waiting for the word.”

The FBI executed a hunt warrant connected Florea’s location successful Queens connected January 12 and helium was recovered to beryllium successful possession of astir 1,000 rounds of ammunition, according to the tribunal filings.

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