From the Department of Justice:
Ryder Winegar, 34, of Amherst, was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for six counts of threatening members of Congress and one count of transmitting interstate threatening communications, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in the early morning hours of December 16, 2020, Winegar left voicemails at the offices of six members of the United States Congress in the District of Columbia.
The calls were directed at three Senators and three members of the House of Representatives. In some of the messages, Winegar identified himself by name or identified his telephone number.
The voicemails threatened to hang the members of Congress if they did not “get behind Donald Trump.” The messages included very specific threats of violence.
For example, in one message, Winegar allegedly said, “I got some advice for you. Here’s the advice, Donald Trump is your president. If you don’t get behind him, we’re going to hang you until you die.”
In another message, Winegar said, “And it really, really, it boils down to two camps. You either support our president, support liberty, and fuck this global homo, uh, vaccination Jewish agenda, or you’re not. In which case we’re going to fucking kill you. Do you understand?”
Members of the U.S. Capitol Police attempted to interview Winegar on December 20, 2020. Winegar refused to speak with the officers.
On the following day, before investigators could return with search and arrest warrants, Winegar flew to Brazil, leaving his family behind. Winegar was taken into custody when he returned to the United States on January 11, 2021.
The Cabinet Press reports:
Aong with the violent threats, and racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic language, Winegar allegedly also left his name and cell phone number on the voicemails.
Investigators reportedly found an AR-15 rifle loaded with light armor-piercing ammunition, a loaded shotgun, a loaded 9mm pistol, an unloaded rifle with a scope, several hundred rounds of ammunition, and a body armor vest, with clips and Level IV body armor plates, according to Magistrate Judge Andrea K. Johnstone’s order.
Ryder Winegar was accused of leaving phone messages threatening to hang lawmakers if they didn’t “get behind Donald Trump.”https://t.co/5m3Zp0z7yK
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) December 3, 2021
#BREAKING: Ryder Winegar, of Amherst, NH, was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for threatening six members of Congress and a New Hampshire state representative. https://t.co/ZkmSS0OGV0 pic.twitter.com/9vlM4omiz3
— FBI Boston (@FBIBoston) December 1, 2021
A man, Ryder Winegar, said he’d hang 6 members of Congress who didn’t ‘get behind’ Trump, feds say. He got 33 months in prison. https://t.co/OMNoq0937S
— Heather Mallick (@HeatherMallick) December 2, 2021
This is the NH man who made post-election violent racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic threats against six members of Congress and a state rep before fleeing to Brazil to escape prosecution.
“Amherst man, Ryder Winegar, set to plead guilty on threat charges”https://t.co/i9WdUx8kln
— Mark Pitcavage (@egavactip) July 19, 2021