Man faces federal charges after threatening Republicans online

 May 24, 2023

The Daily Caller has reported that a 36-year-old Oklahoma man is facing federal charges for allegedly threatening to kill Republicans. 

According to a press release put out on Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Oklahoma, Tyler Jay Marshall communicated threats via Twitter to a number of high-profile conservatives.

Suspect could face up to five years behind bars if convicted

Among his alleged targets were Oklahoma Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, Arkansas Republican Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, and Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

"Public records reflect that on May 19, 2023, Marshall was charged by criminal complaint with transmitting in interstate commerce a communication containing a threat," the press release explained.

"If found guilty of transmitting in interstate commerce a communication containing a threat, he faces up to five years in federal prison, a fine of $250,000, and a special assessment of $100," the statement continued.

Conservative Supreme Court justices targeted in wake of abortion ruling

"He would also be required to serve a term of supervised release of up to three years. Marshall has been detained pending further proceedings in the case," it added.

This is far from being the first time in recent years that conservative officials have faced politically motivated threats of violence.

After the Supreme Court ruled last year that the Constitution does not protect any right to abortion, aggressive demonstrators assembled outside the homes of conservative justices.

What's more, an armed man who was arrested outside of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's home told police that he had been planning to assassinate the justice.

Accused looked up assassination techniques prior to attempt

Fox News reported that a search by the FBI of alleged would be assassin Nicholas John Roske's electronic devices showed suspicious activities.

This included Googling search terms such as "how to be stealthy," "assassin skills" and "most effective place to stab someone."

Investigators also claimed to have found an online conversation in which Roske said he would "stop roe v wade from being overturned."

Roske allegedly discussed targeting justices, adding that he "could get at least one, which would change the votes for decades to come, and I am shooting for 3 all of the major decisions for the past 10 years have been along party lines so if there are more liberal than conservative judges, they will have the power."

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