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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 24, 2020

Man Indicted For Threatening a Government Official

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – BRYANT LAMONT HARRIS, age 46, a resident of Monticello, Mississippi, was indicted for threatening a federal judge in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 115(a)(1)(B), announced U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of six years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

According to court records, on or about February 13, 2020, HARRIS called the chambers of a federal judge, and asked how many security officers were assigned to the court because “[he] needed to know how many people [he] need[ed] to take out to get to the Judge.” Prior to this, HARRIS had placed other calls to chambers, and claimed that he was an expertly trained military marksman, and that he “was going to take things into his own hands, watch CNN.”

United States Attorney Strasser reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.  

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U. S. Attorney G. Dall Kammer, Supervisor of the General Crimes Unit.

 

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Updated July 24, 2020