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Thursday, December 8, 2022

New Braunfels Man Sentenced to Prison for Threats Against Then-Presidential Candidate Joe Biden

SAN ANTONIO – A New Braunfels man was sentenced Wednesday to eight months in prison and three years of supervised release for making threats in 2019 against then-presidential candidate Joe Biden.

According to court documents, on December 11, 2019, William O. Towery, 55, of New Braunfels responded to a text message regarding a campaign rally that then presidential candidate Joe 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.”

During the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez noted that words have consequences and words incite others to behave in ways they might not otherwise.

The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas and Special Agent in Charge Oliver E. Rich Jr. for the FBI San Antonio Field Office made the announcement.

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

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark Roomberg and Bill Harris prosecuted the case.


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Updated December 8, 2022