A man who phoned in a threat to assassinate a federal judge overseeing the criminal case of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
to leaving a threatening voicemail promising to put a “hot piece of lead” in the judge’s head.
Law & Crime reports Frank Caporusso pleaded guilty this past April to leaving a threatening message in a voicemail with chambers for U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan on May 14, 2020.
That was shortly after Judge Sullivan allowed legal experts and outside parties to oppose the Justice Department’s plan to dismiss Flynn’s case.
The prosecutor read a transcript of the chilling message in court:
“We are professionals. We are trained military people. We will be on rooftops. You will not be safe. A hot piece of lead will cut through your skull. You bastard. You will be killed, and I don’t give a fuck who you are. Back out of this bullshit before it’s too late, or we’ll start cutting down your staff. This is not a threat. This is a promise.”
A tearful Caporusso reportedly told the courtroom on Tuesday: “I am not a man that would harm anyone. I asked myself, ‘How could I have done such a thing?’”
And yet…he did.
The one-and-a-half year sentence is the term recommended by the government.