Coon Rapids man accused of making death threats against U.S. senator

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A Coon Rapids man was indicted for allegedly making interstate threats against a U.S. senator, federal prosecutors announced Friday in Minneapolis.

Court documents show that on June 11, Brendon Michael Daugherty, 35, left two voice-mail messages for a senator located outside the state of Minnesota. The senator’s identity was not included in the news release from U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger’s office.

According to Luger’s office, both messages contained threats of violence.

In the first message, Daugherty said, “You and the Republican Party should be proud that you’re pushing me to become a domestic terrorist. Have a nice (expletive) day; can’t wait to kill ya.”

In the second, Daugherty said, “I also just wanted to note, thank god the Republican Party is against gun control laws because it would keep guns out of the hands of a person that was disabled and volatile like I am, but you guys are totally against that. So I may actually get to carry out my nefarious goals.”

On Sept. 2, FBI agents spoke with Daugherty at his Coon Rapids home. According to court documents, he admitted making the calls and said he did so because the senator was “doing a bunch of stupid (expletive) with gun control,” and that he wants politicians to “feel a little bit pressured.”

Daugherty is charged with one count of threatening to murder a federal official and one count of interstate transmission of a threat. He made his initial appearance Friday in U.S. District Court.

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