Breaking News
Get 40% Off 0
👀 Reveal Warren Buffet's stock picks that are beating the S&P 500 by +174.3% Get 40% Off

Texas man sentenced for threatening Georgia officials after Trump's election loss

Published Nov 29, 2023 07:14PM ET Updated Nov 29, 2023 08:05PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This article has already been saved in your Saved Items
 

By Sharon Bernstein

(Reuters) - A Texas man who went on Craigslist to call for the murder of Georgia election officials after the 2020 presidential election was sentenced on Wednesday to two years in prison, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Chad Christopher Stark pleaded guilty Aug. 31 in federal court in the Northern District of Georgia to one count of sending a threat using a telecommunications device, and received the maximum sentence for the crime.

“This sentence should serve as warning — illegal threats against the public servants who make our democracy work will be met with the full force of the Justice Department,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a press release.

Stark's was the first case brought by a federal task force formed in response to a wave of intimidation directed at election administrators since 2020. The election threats task force was announced shortly after Reuters published the first in a series of investigative reports that have documented more than 850 threats and menacing messages to U.S. election workers.

The Stark case relates to efforts by former U.S. President Donald Trump, a Republican, to overturn Democrat Joe Biden's election victory in Georgia. After officials including Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said that the state's electoral count was correct and refused to cooperate with efforts to undermine it, both were the target of threats.

Stark, 55, on Jan. 5 posted a message on Craigslist calling on "Georgia Patriots" to kill election officials and their families, identified in court documents only as officials A, B and C, and offering to pay $10,000.

A source familiar with the investigation into Stark told Reuters that two of the officials were Raffensperger and Kemp, both Republicans.

Stark's case was investigated by the Atlanta field office of the FBI.

“Sending death threats and urging others to act is not protected speech — it is a crime,” said Atlanta Special Agent in Charge Keri Farley.

Texas man sentenced for threatening Georgia officials after Trump's election loss
 

Related Articles

Add a Comment

Comment Guidelines

We encourage you to use comments to engage with other users, share your perspective and ask questions of authors and each other. However, in order to maintain the high level of discourse we’ve all come to value and expect, please keep the following criteria in mind:  

  •            Enrich the conversation, don’t trash it.

  •           Stay focused and on track. Only post material that’s relevant to the topic being discussed. 

  •           Be respectful. Even negative opinions can be framed positively and diplomatically. Avoid profanity, slander or personal attacks directed at an author or another user. Racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination will not be tolerated.

  • Use standard writing style. Include punctuation and upper and lower cases. Comments that are written in all caps and contain excessive use of symbols will be removed.
  • NOTE: Spam and/or promotional messages and comments containing links will be removed. Phone numbers, email addresses, links to personal or business websites, Skype/Telegram/WhatsApp etc. addresses (including links to groups) will also be removed; self-promotional material or business-related solicitations or PR (ie, contact me for signals/advice etc.), and/or any other comment that contains personal contact specifcs or advertising will be removed as well. In addition, any of the above-mentioned violations may result in suspension of your account.
  • Doxxing. We do not allow any sharing of private or personal contact or other information about any individual or organization. This will result in immediate suspension of the commentor and his or her account.
  • Don’t monopolize the conversation. We appreciate passion and conviction, but we also strongly believe in giving everyone a chance to air their point of view. Therefore, in addition to civil interaction, we expect commenters to offer their opinions succinctly and thoughtfully, but not so repeatedly that others are annoyed or offended. If we receive complaints about individuals who take over a thread or forum, we reserve the right to ban them from the site, without recourse.
  • Only English comments will be allowed.
  • Any comment you publish, together with your investing.com profile, will be public on investing.com and may be indexed and available through third party search engines, such as Google.

Perpetrators of spam or abuse will be deleted from the site and prohibited from future registration at Investing.com’s discretion.

Write your thoughts here
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
Post also to:
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Thanks for your comment. Please note that all comments are pending until approved by our moderators. It may therefore take some time before it appears on our website.
Comments (1)
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Nov 30, 2023 10:38AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
So much winning!
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Add Chart to Comment
Confirm Block

Are you sure you want to block %USER_NAME%?

By doing so, you and %USER_NAME% will not be able to see any of each other's Investing.com's posts.

%USER_NAME% was successfully added to your Block List

Since you’ve just unblocked this person, you must wait 48 hours before renewing the block.

Report this comment

I feel that this comment is:

Comment flagged

Thank You!

Your report has been sent to our moderators for review
Continue with Google
or
Sign up with Email