Jury Convicts Glens Falls Man of Transmitting Threats
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Jesse Bedell, age 35, of Glens Falls, New York, was convicted yesterday of transmitting threats to injure another person, following a 2-day trial. United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Matthew Scarpino, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), made the announcement.
The evidence at trial established that Bedell applied to work at Medline Industries’ NAMIC Division in Glens Falls and received an employment offer conditioned upon passing a background investigation. Bedell, however, failed to disclose a prior criminal conviction. As a result, on January 9, 2020, Medline withdrew the employment offer. The following morning, Bedell phoned Medline employees in Neptune, New Jersey, and Northfield, Illinois, and threatened to burn down and blow up the Glens Falls plant. Bedell also threated to kill the employee in Illinois.
The jury took 20 minutes to convict Bedell on both counts. Sentencing is scheduled for June 12, 2024, before United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino in Albany, at which time the defendant faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of up to $250,000 and a term of supervised release of up to 3 years. The defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.
The case was investigated by the Glens Falls Police Department and HSI, with assistance from the Warren County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Collyer is prosecuting the case.