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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Universal City (TX) Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening a U.S. Official

In San Antonio this afternoon, a federal judge sentenced 59-year-old James Amos Headley of Universal City, TX, to one year confinement after Headley pleaded guilty to federal charges in relation to threatening the lives of a member of Congress and the member’s family, announced United States Attorney John F. Bash and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio. 

Appearing before U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez, Headley pleaded guilty to two counts of influencing a federal official by threat of murder.  By pleading guilty, Headley admitted that on July 11, 2017, he left a message on the victim’s voicemail system in Washington, D.C. threatening to murder the member of Congress as well as the member’s family.  Following his arrest, Headley told agents that he was upset with the victim’s position on different policies and decided to call and leave a message demonstrating his intent to impede and intimidate the member of Congress.

Following today’s guilty plea, Judge Rodriguez ordered that Headley be confined for one year—six months in federal custody followed by six months of home confinement—with credit for time served.  Judge Rodriguez further ordered that Headley be placed on supervised release for a period of three years after completing his home confinement.  Headley has remained in federal custody since his arrest on July 13, 2017. 

FBI special agents investigated this case together with the U.S. Capitol Police.  Assistant United States Attorney Bettina Richardson is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.

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Violent Crime
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Updated February 6, 2018