Gun-totting MAGA fanatic James Dale Reed, of Maryland, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to making threats against Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and Democratic voters ahead of the November election, Politico reports.
The 42-year-old Trump backer admitted that last October he placed a letter containing graphic threats against Biden, Harris and their backers outside the home of a fellow resident of Frederick, Md., whose yard had political signs supporting the Democratic candidates, court documents indicate.
“If you are a Biden/Harris supporter you will be targeted,” the letter said. “We have a list of homes and addresses by your election signs. We are the ones with those scary guns. We are the ones your children have nightmares about. …”
Citing court Documents, Politico reported that “Reed admitted to writing the letter, saying he brought it to the first house he saw with multiple Democratic political signs, court records say. A search of Reed’s house found a “back room” where he kept multiple handguns, a rifle, ammunition cans, grenades without blast caps and U.S. Army paraphernalia such as military-issue uniforms.”
“Making threats against candidates and fellow citizens for their political beliefs undermines our democracy and will not be tolerated,” acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner, who announced the guilty plea, said in a statement. “This case reflects our commitment to holding accountable anyone who seeks to intimidate, harass or dissuade Americans from exercising their right to vote and to peacefully support the candidate of their choice.”
Reed’s sentencing is scheduled for July 27 in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. He faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison for the federal charge of threatening a major candidate for president or vice president, according to Politico.