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Utah Man Arrested on Charges of Interstate Death Threats

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Defendant Threatened Washington, D.C. Palestinian-Rights Advocacy Organization

            WASHINGTON – Kevin Brent Buchanan, 62, of Tooele, Utah, was charged by complaint, unsealed today, with threatening a Palestinian rights organization. According to publicly filed court documents, between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2, Buchanan called the organization and left at least five voice messages stating, in part, “You’re the enemy,” “You’re being catalogued,” “You’re gonna die,” and “You’re dead people walking.”

            Buchanan is charged with transmitting in interstate commerce a communication containing a threat to injure the person of another. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum of five years in prison and a fine not to exceed $250,000.

            U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves, Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, and Assistant Director in Charge David Sundberg of the FBI Washington Field Office made the announcement.

            The FBI Washington Field Office investigated the case, with significant assistance from the FBI Salt Lake City Field Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah. Trial Attorney Sanjay Patel of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Risa Berkower, of the Fraud, Public Corruption, and Civil Rights Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia are prosecuting the case, with assistance from James Donnelly of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

A Complaint is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated November 21, 2023

Civil Rights
Press Release Number: 23-716