Nevada Man Indicted For Making Threats To United States Senators
LAS VEGAS – A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment on November 21, 2023, charging a Las Vegas man with threatening a United States Senator from Nevada and threatening family members of two United States Senators.
John Anthony Miller (43) is charged with one-count of threatening a federal official and two-counts of influencing, impeding, or retaliating against a federal official by threatening a family member. United States Magistrate Judge Elayna J. Youchah ordered that Miller remain in custody pending trial. A jury trial has been scheduled for January 23, 2024, before United States District Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey.
According to allegations contained in court documents, on October 17, 2023, Miller left numerous threatening voicemails at the office of a United States Senator. Miller threatened to assault and murder the United States Senator with intent to impede, intimidate, and interfere with the United States Senator while engaged in the performance of official duties, or with intent to retaliate against the United States Senator on account of the performance of official duties.
Furthermore, the following week, on October 24 and October 25, Miller threatened to assault and murder a member of the immediate family of two United States Senators, with intent to impede, intimidate, and interfere with United States Senators while engaged in the performance of official duties, and with intent to retaliate against the United States Senators on account of the performance of official duties.
If convicted, the maximum statutory penalty is 10 years in prison.
Miller was arrested on October 26, 2023, and first appeared on an amended criminal complaint on October 27, 2023.
United States Attorney Jason M. Frierson for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Spencer L. Evans for the FBI Las Vegas Division made the announcement.
This case was investigated by the FBI Las Vegas Division with valuable assistance provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the U.S. Capitol Police. Assistant United States Attorney Jacob Operskalski is prosecuting the case.
To report suspected threats or violent acts, contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324) or file an online complaint at www.tips.fbi.gov. If someone is in imminent danger or risk of harm, contact 911 or your local police immediately.
An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.