A Syracuse man arrested in November for a reported death threat against Congressman John Katko pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Tuesday to interstate communication of a threat. 28-year old Patrick Angelo left a voice mail message last October 19th threatening to kill the Congressman Katko and his family if he doesn’t support net neutrality. Katko’s office reported the voicemail to Capitol Police. He spoke with us about the incident a few weeks later.
The message to the Congressman stated: “Listen Mr. Katko, if you support net neutrality, I will support you. But if you don’t support net neutrality, I will find you and your family and I will kill…you…all. Do you understand?” The message continued: “I will literally find all…of…you and your progeny and t- just wipe you from the face of the earth. Net neutrality is more important than the defense of the United States. Net neutrality is more important than free speech. Net neutrality is more important than health care. Net neutrality is literally the basis of the new society. That even if you don’t understand, how important it is, net neutrality is literally the basis of the new…free…society. So if you don’t support it, I am willing to lay down my li- (recording ends).”
Angelo faces up to five years in prison and/or a 250-THOUSAND dollar fine when sentenced June 21st.