Courthouse News reports:
After three hours of deliberation, a jury found Brendan Hunt guilty of threatening to murder members of Congress in online posts before and in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the United States Capitol. Hunt, 37, faces up to 10 years in prison for the threats, which targeted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, all elected Democrats.
Referring to the officials as “high value target[s],” Hunt called for their public execution by firing squad in Facebook posts in December 2020. In the days following the Washington, D.C. insurrection, Hunt posted a video titled “Kill Your Senators” on the streaming platform BitChute. In the video, he advocated for an armed return to the scene during President Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony.
Read the full article. Yesterday Hunt blamed “bong rips” and boredom due to the COVID lockdown for his threats. In text messages to his father, Hunt had praised Nazi ideology and said Trump should seize power in a dictatorship “like Hitler did.”
— Courthouse News (@CourthouseNews) April 28, 2021
“Brendan Hunt, an enthusiastic Trump supporter who called for killing members of Congress days after the Jan. 6 insurrection, was found guilty Wednesday of making a death threat against elected officials.” https://t.co/XslfO9gwM7
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) April 28, 2021
BREAKING: Brendan Hunt, a Trump supporter in Queens and son of a retired judge, has been found guilty of making threats on social media to kill Democrats in Congress after the Capitol riot.
He now faces up to 10 years in prison.https://t.co/3YDp3pIu7C
— Nicole Hong (@nicole_hong) April 28, 2021