A man from Maryland admitted in federal court Tuesday to leaving a deranged letter on the doorstep of a Biden-Harris supporter in October, saying the candidates would be “executed on national television (sic).”
James Dale Reed, 42, has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of making threats against a major presidential or vice-presidential candidate and faces up to five years in prison when sentenced next month .
About a month before last year’s election, Reed left the threatening letter at the home of someone who had multiple signs in his yard supporting the Biden-Harris ticket, according to a criminal complaint.
“If you are a Biden / Harris supporter, you will be targeted. We have a list of homes (sic) and addresses next to your election signs. We are the ones who have these frightening weapons. It’s us that your children have nightmares about. The letter reads.
“I will personally put my Glock 17 on his head and have his brain come out the back of his head,” the letter continues. “When we capture Grandpa Biden, surely we will all beat him to death. ”
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Reed was captured by the owner’s Ring camera. Police questioned him at his home about a week later, and he eventually admitted to writing the letter after initially denying any involvement.
He told investigators he wrote the letter “because he was upset about the political situation.”
Authorities obtained a search warrant for his home on October 15, where they discovered a room that “looked like a US military outpost bunker” and seized two handguns, two rifles and ammunition.
Prosecutors told court that two days after writing the letter, Reed traveled to Gettysburg, Pa. On the same day that then candidate Biden was campaigning on the Civil War battlefield. , according to the Washington Post.
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Reed was known to the Secret Service for previously making threatening statements to someone who was under Secret Service protection in 2014, according to the criminal complaint.
He was found guilty by a state court of intimidating voters in February and sentenced to jail and three years probation, reports FOX 5 DC.