A California man accused of threatening to kill Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott has been arrested and charged in federal court.
Charles Turner Habermann -- a 32-year-old Palm Springs, Calif., resident with a $3 million trust fund -- was arrested Wednesday morning on allegations that he made threatening phone calls to the office of the Seattle Democrat late last year. ...
Read the criminal complaint against Charles Turner Habermann (warning: contains foul language)
Contacted by the investigators the day after the messages were left, Habermann allegedly admitted to threatening McDermott and an congresswoman not identified in court documents.
Habermann also disparaged Democrats for their views on tax cuts and unemployment insurance, according to the statement. Habermann is alleged to have threatened to kill McDermott in an effort to interfere with his vote on the tax cut proposal in December 2010.
A McDermott staffer contacted the FBI on Dec. 10, reporting that the congressman's Seattle office had received the offending phone calls.
In one, the caller was heard calling McDermott "a piece of human filth," "a communist," and a "piece of (expletive) garbage."
The second message continued in the same vein, Giboney told the court, noting that Habermann identified himself by name in both calls.
Writing the court, Giboney said Habermann admitted to making the calls during an interview with investigators on Dec. 10. According to the FBI agent, Habermann also admitted to threatening a second U.S. representative, identified in court documents as "Congresswoman C.P."
Habermann said he'd been drinking the night he made the calls but was "functioning," the FBI agent told the court. Asked about his motivation for the threats, Giboney continued, Habermann said he "was calling politicians to let them know that what they were doing and saying regarding spending taxpayer's money was wrong." ...
The charges come less than a year after Durkan's office filed charges against a Selah man accused of leaving threatening messages at the office of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. The man accused in that case, 64-year-old Charles Wilson, was sentenced to one year in federal prison and remains at the Federal Detention Center at SeaTac.
In sentencing Wilson, U.S. District Court Judge John C. Coughenour described the Eastern Washington man's actions as terrorism and Wilson, by extension, as a terrorist.
Federal prosecutors contend Habermann was investigated in March after making similar threats against a member of the California State Assembly.
In that instance, Habermann was escorted from the assembly member's office.
Habermann then left threatening messages on an office voice mail, according to charging documents.
Contacted by the California Highway Patrol, Habermann said he was high on medical marijuana and apologized for the threatening voice mails, according to charging documents. He was issued a warning. ...
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