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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 27, 2020

Philadelphia Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Both a Lehigh County Solicitor and a Private Attorney

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Samuel Meeker, 38, of Philadelphia, PA, pleaded guilty today to two counts of interstate communication of threats against two individuals: a Lehigh County public official and a private attorney. United States District Judge Jeffrey L. Schmehl presided over the guilty plea hearing in Reading via video teleconference.

On August 9, 2019, the defendant left a threatening telephone voice message for a Lehigh County Solicitor using the Lehigh County Law Department’s internet voicemail system. The defendant threatened physical force against the victim and communicated his desire that the entire County of Lehigh be destroyed and wiped from the map.

Two days later, on August 11, 2019, the defendant left a telephone voice message for a private lawyer, who was the personal and estate attorney for the defendant’s father. The defendant threatened force against the lawyer and all other partners in the lawyer’s law firm, stating that the defendant would destroy them.

“Specific threats of violence like the ones made here must be taken very seriously and deserve an immediate response from law enforcement,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “Meeker made vile threats against multiple innocent people, including a public servant. I am thankful to the FBI for their swift handling of this potentially explosive situation.”

“You can't just call and threaten people with violent physical harm and not face repercussions,” said Michael J. Driscoll, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Philadelphia Division. “The FBI and our law enforcement partners have to take you at your word and intervene, because protecting human life is our absolute priority. Samuel Meeker is being held appropriately accountable for his actions.”

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kishan Nair.

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MICHAEL CAVACINI Media Contact 215-861-8300
Updated April 27, 2020