Man Receives Sentence for Threatening Election Officials

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( – On Wednesday, November 29, Chad Christopher Stark from Texas was sentenced after pleading guilty to posting an online message threatening Georgia election officials following the past election. The man has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Stark was first charged last year in connection to a Craigslist ad that was shared on Jan. 5, 2021, in which he had talked about killing Georgia election officials, and had made a reference to $10,000. In the court documents, it was noted that the ad Stark had written that it was time for patriots to claim back the state. The ad also referred to putting “an end to the lives” of three unnamed in the indictment election officials. He further pushed that it was necessary to take the country back by force.

In August, Stark pleaded guilty to one count of threatening use of a telecommunications device and was sentenced on Wednesday. Attorney General Merrick Garland noted that such threats of violence against election officials were threatening to the country’s democracy. Garland added that this sentence should act as a warning that those who threaten public servants would face the Department of Justice’s full force.

The two-year sentence is on the higher end of the 18-24-month imprisonment that the federal prosecutors had been looking for.

In recent years, there has been a growing number of threats against election officials, and since the past election, former president Donald Trump and many of his supporters and allies have made a number of claims about it.

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