Arizona man convicted after threatening Pelosi with ‘I’m coming to kill you’ message

An Arizona man who left a message telling Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi “I’m coming to kill you,” was convicted Thursday, federal prosecutors stated.

Steven Arthur Martis, 77, of Bullhead Metropolis, was convicted on one depend of speaking an interstate risk, the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace for the District of Arizona stated Friday.

Martis left the voicemails with Pelosi’s workplace on Jan. 17. One contained the risk to kill Pelosi, D-Calif., and the opposite stated “you’re lifeless,” based on a legal grievance.

A few 12 months earlier, the FBI had interviewed Martis a couple of totally different message to a different member of Congress and warned him that conduct is towards the legislation, an affidavit filed within the case says.

On-line court docket data present that the jury was deadlocked on two different counts, a mistrial was declared and {that a} new trial date was set for these prices in January.

Martis’ lawyer, Dave Eisenberg, stated Martis will likely be retried on these counts after the jury didn’t come to a unanimous verdict.

Sentencing is ready for January. The utmost sentence on the depend is 5 years in jail, Eisenberg stated.

Eisenberg stated he’ll advocate that Martis, who has been held since his February arrest, is sentenced to time served.

In a distinct case involving threats to elected officers, a 52-year-old Laramie, Wyoming, man was sentenced to 1 1/2 years in jail for making threats to 2 Republican members of Congress and a state senator, prosecutors stated Tuesday.

Christopher Kent Podlesnik pleaded responsible in August to 4 counts of transmitting threats in interstate commerce and was sentenced to 18 months in jail and a $10,000 wonderful Nov. 5, based on court docket data.

He pleaded responsible to counts that he made threats to U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyoming; U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida; and Wyoming State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, additionally a Republican, based on court docket paperwork.