A New York man who supported the far-right Proud Boys group pleaded guilty on Monday to threatening to kill Raphael Warnock, a newly elected senator from Georgia, before and during the storm in the US Capitol on January 6.
The man, Eduard Florea, 41, of Queens, pleaded guilty to making violent threats against Mr. difficult to vote for communist politics when swinging with the fish, ”Florea wrote online on January 5, using a term before fish.
Sir. Florea also pleaded guilty in the Brooklyn Federal District Court to a gun violation after federal agents discovered a large arsenal in his New York City home in January, including more than 1,000 rounds of rifle ammunition he illegally had for a previous crime. for violation. , prosecutors said in a press release.
Sir. Florea, a software engineer whose arrest in January came amid an intensifying nationwide hunt for those who broke into the U.S. Capitol, risks up to 15 years in prison when convicted on Nov. 29, federal prosecutors said. Sir. Florea is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
“With today’s guilty plea, Florea admits to having threatened the life of a successful U.S. Senate candidate and urged others to take up arms to unleash violence in the Capitol,” said Jacquelyn M. Kasulis, the acting U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York. York, said in a statement. “This office is deeply committed to protecting our democratic institutions and using all available tools to maintain public security, uphold the rule of law and support the peaceful transfer of power.”
Mia Eisner-Grynberg, Mr Florea’s lawyer, declined to comment Monday.
Mr. Warnock’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The election victory for the round for Mr. Warnock and Jon Ossoff, one of the Democrats in Georgia, effectively cemented control of the U.S. Senate for Democrats, with Vice President Kamala Harris acting as tiebreaker in the 50-50 chamber.
Sir. Florea posted her violent comments to Parler, a social networking app popular with conservatives, under the name “LoneWolfWar.” One day before a crowd of President Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Florea, who was not in Washington, told Parler that everyone needed to “reach agreement” and “go armed” to the Capitol so they could “take back Washington. , «According to court records.
Minutes later, Mr Florea wrote that January 6 could be “the day the war starts,” adding that he “definitely cuts a throat” in Washington, according to court records.
Kl. 12:42 on January 6, Mr. Florea to Mr. Warnock online and said, “Dead men can’t pass” laws, according to court records.
Later that day, after the storm in the U.S. capital began, Florea announced that he intended to go to Washington with a group of gunmen who would be ready to commit more violence, federal prosecutors said.
While the Capitol was under siege, federal prosecutors said, Florea said, “It’s time to unleash some violence.”
Sir. Florea continued to send threatening comments that day, promising to be “armed and ready to submit” to the Capitol with “guns cleared loaded,” according to court records.