SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A New York man has pleaded responsible to creating threatening telephone calls to Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, federal prosecutors introduced.
Joseph Morelli, 51, admitted to threatening to hurt Greene in a number of March 2022 calls to her Washington, D.C., workplace, the U.S. lawyer’s workplace in Syracuse mentioned in a information launch Wednesday.
In a single voicemail message, in response to prosecutors, Morelli mentioned, “I’m gonna damage you. Bodily, I’m gonna hurt you.” In one other, prosecutors mentioned, he threatened to “pay somebody 500 bucks to take a baseball bat and crack your cranium.” In a 3rd name, Morelli mentioned he would “guarantee that, even when they lock me up, somebody’s gonna get you ’trigger I’ll pay them to,” prosecutors mentioned.
Morelli, of Endicott, New York, was indicted in April 2022 on three counts of transmitting interstate threatening communications. Endicott is a village situated about 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of town of Binghamton.
Morelli pleaded responsible on Wednesday and faces as much as 5 years in jail and a tremendous of as much as $250,000 when he’s sentenced on June 1, prosecutors mentioned.
A message looking for remark was left with Morelli’s lawyer on the federal public defender’s workplace.
Greene, who was first elected to Congress in 2020, has been criticized for embracing conspiracy theories and suggesting that former Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi must be executed for treason.
A telephone message looking for touch upon Morelli’s responsible plea was left with Greene’s workplace.