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East Bay Man Sentenced To Eleven Months In Prison For Making Threats To Public Officials

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California
David Carrier Threatened United States Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi and United States Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas

OAKLAND – David Allen Carrier was sentenced to eleven months in prison for making voicemail threats to Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi and United States Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, announced United States Attorney Ismail J. Ramsey, Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) Special Agent in Charge Robert K Tripp, and United States Secret Service (“USSS”) Special Agent in Charge Shawn M. Bradstreet.  The sentence was handed down by the Hon. William Alsup, Senior United States District Judge.
Carrier, 44, of Concord, pleaded guilty to two counts of making threats against a federal official, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 115(a)(1)(B), on Dec. 19, 2023.  A grand jury indicted him on Sept. 12, 2023, charging him with the crimes.
Court documents describe how on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, Carrier left a message on the office voicemail of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, who was at the time the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.  On the message, Carrier threatened to assault the Congresswoman.  In pleading guilty to the charge, Carrier acknowledged that he acted with the intent to interfere with her performance as she was engaged with her official duties as a Member of Congress.  Seventeen months later, on June 30, 2022, Carrier called the United States Department of Homeland Security hotline and left a voicemail message threatening to assault United States Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.  Carrier made his threat to assault Secretary Mayorkas with the intent to interfere with the Secretary while the Secretary was engaged in the performance of his official duties as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.  

“Participating in the public political conversation is an important right for all citizens,” said U.S. Attorney Ismail J. Ramsey, “Nevertheless, threatening our public servants is not protected by the First Amendment and corrodes our ability to engage in peaceful and important public discourse.  This Office will not tolerate behavior that crosses the line to criminal threats.”  

"Violent threats targeting elected officials also threaten our democratic system," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Tripp. "Today's sentence demonstrates that anyone who sends politically motivated threats of violence to government officials will be investigated by the FBI and held accountable."

“We take threats against a U.S. Secret Service protectee very seriously,” said Shawn M. Bradstreet, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service’s San Francisco Field Office. “This is a great example of the coordination and partnership between the U.S. Secret Service, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California to investigate and prosecute threats against our nation’s leaders.”

In addition to the prison term, Judge Alsup ordered Carrier to serve three years of supervised release to begin after his prison term is completed. Judge Alsup also ordered Carrier to stay away and have no contact, direct or indirect, with both Speaker Emerita Pelosi and Secretary Mayorkas, as well as to attend mental health and substance abuse treatment, among other conditions, while on supervised release.
The National Security and Cybercrime Section prosecuted the case. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the FBI and the USSS.

Updated March 27, 2024