A Syracuse man has been arrested for allegedly leaving a threatening voicemail with Central New York Representative, Congressman John Katko.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 28-year-old Patrick Angelo left the following message for Katko on Oct. 19:
“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 has been charged with interstate communication of a threat and threatening a federal official. The charges carry a maximum of 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.
As a result of this voicemail, security surrounding Katko increased.
“While citizens are certainly entitled to communicate their views on issues of importance to them to their elected officials, there are and must be bounds to the manner in which such views may be expressed, said U.S. Attorney James Kennedy. “We will respond aggressively to those who overstep those bounds and seek to influence the making of Federal policies and legislation by making threats to the lives of those entrusted with such tasks and their families.”
Angelo will appear before a federal judge on Dec. 1 for a detention hearing.
Katko represents the 24th Congressional district in New York, which covers Cayuga, Onondaga, and Wayne counties, and the western part of Oswego County.