Washington, D.C. (Washington Insider Magazine) – On Tuesday, a Maryland man – James Dale Reed – pleaded guilty concerning threats that he made against Joe Biden and Kamala Harris about a month before the November election.
Reed, 42 years of age, admits to placing a letter “containing graphic threats against Biden, Harris, and their backers” at the home of a fellow resident of Maryland. Court documents say that the resident had in his yard political signs that supported Democratic candidates.
The letter said, “If you are a Biden/Harris supporter, you will be targeted. We have a list of homes and addresses by your election signs. We are the ones with those scary guns. We are the ones your children have nightmares about….”
Reed is scheduled to be sentenced on July 27 in the U.S. District Court in Baltimore. His sentence will be a maximum of five years in a federal prison “for the federal charge of threatening a major candidate for president or vice president.”
Jonathan F. Lenzner, acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, stated, “Making threats against candidates and fellow citizens for their political beliefs undermines our democracy and will not be tolerated.” Lenzner added, “This case reflects our commitment to holding accountable anyone who seeks to intimidate, harass, or dissuade Americans from exercising their right to vote and to peacefully support the candidate of their choice.”
There have been conversations recently about the For the People Act, which is a bill that labels penalties “for intimidation at the polls.” It is thought that Senate Republicans will possibly “block the legislation later on Tuesday.”
All of this comes after the reaction of the Republicans on the far right concerning the 2020 election, which Donald Trump claims was stolen.
Court records say that Reed said that he wrote the letter and took it to “the first house he saw with multiple Democratic political signs.” In searching Reed’s house, officers found “multiple handguns, a rifle, ammunition cans, grenades without blast caps and U.S. Army paraphernalia.”
According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, “The room resembled a U.S. military outpost bunker containing a voluminous supply of maps, books, and documents related to military strategy and history.”