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New York Man Charged With Threatening to Kill 2 US Senators for Supporting Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation

What to Know

  • A New York man has been charged with threatening to kill two senators for supporting Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to U.S. Supreme Court
  • Ronald Derisi, of Smithtown, was scheduled to appear Friday at a federal court on Long Island. He is 74
  • Capitol Police say he called the senators from a pre-paid cellphone and left threatening voicemails before, after Kavanaugh's confirmation

A New York man has been charged with threatening to kill two U.S. senators for supporting Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ronald Derisi, of Smithtown, was scheduled to appear Friday at a federal court on Long Island. He is 74.

Federal prosecutors are not naming the senators who received the threatening messages.

The Associated Press reports that a call to Derisi's residence seeking comment rang unanswered.

It wasn't immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

Capitol Police say Derisi called the senators from a pre-paid cellphone and left threatening voicemails before and after Kavanaugh's contentious confirmation this month.

According to the complaint, during recorded messages, a male caller who did not identify himself threatened one of the senators, who was only identified as "Senator 1" in court documents, with a nine millemeter weapon. 

Additionally, according to court documents, the male caller also contacted "Senator 2," making harrassing calls as well as threatening they will "be in touch soon" after Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Court documents state that the telephone calls made by the male caller resulted in 10 voice messages to "Senator 2."

Investigators say they traced the calls to Derisi using cellphone records and "location information" from the cellphone provider.

Derisi has previously pleaded guilty to making other harassing calls. Around February 2015, he made threatening calls and plead guilty in Nassau County First District Court to one count of aggravated harrassment in the second degree in connection to repeatedly calling a victim's home and office more than 15 times and leaving voice messages, documents say.

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