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Man from Albuquerque faces federal charges for allegedly posting Facebook messages threatening to kill the Governor of New Mexico and law enforcement officers

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

            ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Daniel Mock, 33, of Albuquerque, New Mexico appeared in federal court in Albuquerque today for an initial appearance on a criminal complaint charging him with posting messages on Facebook threatening to kill the Governor of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham, and law enforcement officers, in violation of federal law.

            The criminal complaint charges Mock with allegedly transmitting threatening communications in interstate or foreign commerce.  According to the complaint, Mock allegedly posted threatening messages to the governor’s Facebook page on Mar. 2 and Mar. 13.

            Mock is currently in custody pending a detention hearing on Friday.  He faces up to five years in prison if convicted of this offense.  A criminal complaint is only an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

            The FBI investigated this case with the U.S. Marshals Service, the New Mexico State Police, and the Albuquerque Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jaymie L. Roybal is prosecuting the case.

Updated March 18, 2020

Press Release Number: 20-049