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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 14, 2022

Former Judson ISD Police Officer Convicted of Making Threats Against Biden

SAN ANTONIO – Today a New Braunfels man was convicted of making threats against then presidential candidate Joe Biden.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on December 11, 2019, William Oliver Towery, 55, responded to a text message regarding a campaign rally where Biden was to appear.  In his response, Towery said, “I’ll be there and have been practicing my sniping skills all month just for this occasion.  If you will be nell [sic] near him you may want to wear something dark to hide the blood splatter.”

Towery was remanded into custody after the verdict.  Towery faces up to five years in prison, up to three years supervised release, a fine of up to $250,000, and a $100 mandatory special assessment. Sentencing is set for July 13, 2022.

U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff of the Western District of Texas and FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Jason Hudson made the announcement.

The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and the San Antonio Police Department investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark T. Roomberg and William R. Harris are prosecuting the case.

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Violent Crime
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Updated March 14, 2022