A man from New Hampshire is in trouble after making threats to kill a U.S. senator because he was angry about military promotions being blocked. Brian Landry, a 66-year-old resident of Franklin, N.H., has been charged and could potentially go to prison for up to 10 years, according to federal court documents.
The U.S. attorney’s office for the District of New Hampshire announced the charges on Friday, saying that Landry was charged with threatening to assault, kidnap, or murder a U.S. official.
According to court documents, Landry left a threatening voicemail at the senator’s local office on May 17. Although the senator’s name wasn’t mentioned, it was revealed that the senator started their term in January 2021.
In the voicemail, Landry claimed to be a veteran sniper and issued a warning to the senator, saying, “If you don’t change your ways, I’m aiming at you and coming to get you. You’re a dead man walking.” The message also included offensive language.
Investigators traced the phone number connected to the threatening message, leading them to Landry, as confirmed by the U.S. attorney’s office. When questioned, Landry admitted to contacting the senator’s office but initially couldn’t remember the specifics of the message, as stated in court documents.
According to the criminal complaint, Landry was extremely angry at certain politicians for how they handled important entitlement programs for veterans. He later revealed to investigators that he called the senator’s office because he heard that the senator was involved in blocking military promotions.
Court documents reveal that Landry is scheduled to appear in the U.S. District Court in New Hampshire on July 12. If found guilty, he could face penalties of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.
There has been no response from Landry’s legal representative regarding the charges at this time.
In recent years, there has been a rise in threats against elected officials, politicians, and their families, highlighting the prevalence of violent political speech. Threats conveyed through voicemail messages and social media have sometimes escalated into real-life incidents. For example, in June of the previous year, an armed individual went to Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s home with the intention to harm him. Also, in October, a man broke into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home and attacked her husband with a hammer, causing a skull fracture.
While the specific senator targeted in this case remains unknown, it’s worth noting that the Senate had been discussing senior military promotions, which became intertwined with the abortion policy debate following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.