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Queens Man Brendan Hunt Found Guilty Of Threatening To Kill Lawmakers

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There's a verdict in the trial of Brendan Hunt, the Queens man accused of threatening to kill members of Congress; CBS2's Alice Gainer reports.

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- Also this afternoon, we're following some breaking news in Brooklyn, where there is a verdict in the trial of Brendan Hunt.

- He's the Queens man accused of threatening to kill members of Congress. CBS 2's Alice Gainer is outside Brooklyn federal court with more. Alice.

ALICE GAINER: After deliberating for just a few hours, jurors found Brendan Hunt guilty of threatening to kill lawmakers. His father, a former judge himself, held his head in his hands as the verdict was read guilty for his son. Now, we do want to play you some video that was played in court during the trial. It's the video Hunt posted online that got him in trouble.

BRENDAN HUNT: Get your guns, show up to DC, and literally just spray these [BLEEP]. Get to DC, probably the inauguration.

ALICE GAINER: Jurors found that video, titled "Kill Your Senators," posted two days after the January 6 Capitol riot, to be a true threat. 37-year-old Brendan Hunt told the jury he didn't think anyone would take him seriously. Hunt, a staunch Trump supporter, testified he was just repeating rhetoric he had heard, and that he had been drinking and smoking weed when he posted that video. He also posted online calling for the public execution of New York Senator Charles Schumer and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

At the time of his arrest, the Ridgewood, Queens man was an analyst for the New York court system. The defense had argued the charges were overblown, and that his rants are protected speech. We caught up with his lawyers outside the courthouse.

How is your client doing since they reached that guilty verdict? You're going to be appealing? Was he surprised by the verdict? Did you expect it?

Hunt is facing up to 10 years when he is sentenced. Sentencing is scheduled for sometime at the end of June. Again, his lawyers are planning to appeal. Outside of the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Alice Gainer, CBS 2 News.

- Thank you, Alice.