Man Sentenced for Sending Threats To Pelosi, Mayorkas

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( – A man in California who sent threatening voicemails to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is going to send 11 months behind bars, according to The Justice Department.

On Wednesday, March 27, the Department of Justice announced that 44-year-old David Allen Carrier, who had pleaded guilty in December on two charges related to making threats against federal officials, has now been sentenced following his previous indictment in September. 

Only 15 days after the Capitol attack took place on Jan. 6, 2021, Carrier left a threatening message for the office of Pelosi, who was House Speaker at the time. Then, in mid-2022, he left a similar threatening voicemail to Mayorkas on the hotline of Homeland Security. 

According to The Hill, Carrier confessed while entering his guilty plea for the crime that his efforts were intended to impede the abilities of Mayorkas and Pelosi to perform in their respective positions. 

In a press release from the DOJ, U.S. Attorney Ismail Ramsey claimed that participation in the public political conversation was very important to everyone. However, he pointed out that the First Amendment does not protect over threats made to public servants, and that it hurt their ability to get involved in public discourse peacefully. He added that the office was not going to put up with any behavior that crossed the line. 

After his 11-month imprisonment is complete, Carrier is going to be serving three years of supervised release. The judge also ruled that Carrier will be attending treatment for both substance abuse and mental health, as well as other conditions. He is also ordered to keep away from Mayorkas and Pelosi. 

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