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Friday, May 21, 2021

Interlachen Man Pleads Guilty To Transmitting Interstate Threats To Injure United States Senator

Jacksonville, Florida – Brian Christopher King (62, Interlachen) has pleaded guilty to transmitting communications in interstate commerce that contained threats to injure the person of another. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

According to the plea agreement, in March 2020, King placed two telephone calls in one evening to a United States senator’s office in Washington, D.C. On both occasions, King left voicemails laced with profanity, threatening to cut off the senator’s head. Four days later, when interviewed by federal investigators, King agreed that it was his voice on a voicemail recording but denied any intent to travel to Washington or to harm anyone. 

An FBI agent reminded King that, in 2018, he had interviewed him in connection with a similar incident, and again cautioned King that threatening elected officials was a serious matter. At the conclusion of that interview, King was not arrested. Despite the agent’s warnings, King’s continued making threatening calls.  Specifically, in June 2020, King called a police department in California and stated that he had heard someone was going to cut the heads off a particular U.S. senator and a particular member of the House of Representatives.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Capitol Police, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, and the Daytona Beach Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Coolican. 

Updated May 21, 2021