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Waterloo Man Pleads Guilty to Making Threatening Phone Call to Congressman’s Office

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

A man who called the Washington D.C. office of Congressman Jerrold Nadler and threatened the Congressman pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Kenneth Brown, from Waterloo, Iowa, was convicted of one count of transmitting a threatening communication.

At the plea hearing, Brown admitted that on December 18, 2019, he called the Washington D.C. office of Congress Nadler.  Brown admitted that he spoke with a staff assistant working in the office and threatened the Congressman.  Specifically, as charged in the indictment, Brown said “I will find someone to assassinate that piece of (expletive deleted) you work for.  Jerry Nadler is going to be assassinated.”  

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Brown remains in custody of the United States Marshal and will remain in custody pending sentencing.  Brown faces a possible maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Morfitt and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Waterloo Police Department, and the United States Capitol Police. 

Court file information at 

The case file number is 20-CR-2042.

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Updated December 7, 2020

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