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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Omaha, Nebraska Man Pleads Guilty for Threats to Public Official

Robert William Simet made threats against Sen. Joni Ernst

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- On January 16, 2018, Robert William Simet, age 64, of Omaha, Nebraska appeared before United States District Court Senior Judge Robert W. Pratt and pleaded guilty to Influencing or Retaliating against a Federal Official, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Simet will be sentenced by District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey on May 23, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. at the Federal Courthouse in Council Bluffs.

According to the plea agreement, on July 5, 2017, Simet made verbal threats against Senator Joni Ernst to employees of the Harley Davidson dealership in Pacific Junction. Senator Ernst was scheduled to participate in a motorcycle ride at the dealership on July 8, 2017.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for Southern District of Iowa.

Contact: 
Rachel J. Scherle 515-473-9300 Rachel.Scherle@usdoj.gov
Updated January 18, 2018