New York man sentenced for threatening Sen. Warnock and possession of ammunition ahead of US Capitol riot
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New York man sentenced for threatening Sen. Warnock and possession of ammunition ahead of US Capitol riot

A federal judge Thursday sentenced Eduard Florea, a New York man who applied to join a far-right group known as the Proud Boys, to 33 months in prison after he threatened the life of US Senator-elect Raphael Warnock ahead of the January 6 Capitol Riot.

Florea was arrested on January 12 by FBI Special Agents and Task Force Officers with the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force. Following the execution of a search warrant, agents discovered more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition. Florea had previously been convicted of a New York state firearms-related felony, so he was charged as a felon in possession of ammunition.

In addition to the ammunition charge, federal prosecutors also brought charges against Florea for transmitting threats to injure others. Florea posted threatening statements ahead of the Capitol riot on a social media platform known as Parler. Such statements included: “We need to all come to an agreement … and go armed … and really take back Washington,” and “Tomorrow may very [well] be the day war kicks off ….”

Florea also used his Parler account to target US Senator-elect Warnock. Florea posted statements to his Parler account such as: “Warnock is going to have a hard time casting votes for communist policies when he’s swinging with the f***ing fish.”

Florea pled guilty to the federal charges in August 2021. On Thursday US District Judge Eric R. Komitee sentenced Florea to 33 months in prison.

While Florea never traveled to Washington, D.C. on January 6, federal prosecutors presented evidence that Florea intended to travel to the Capitol with an armed group to engage in additional violence. Federal prosecutors argued charges against Florea had to be brought because Florea posed a flight risk and was “particularly dangerous” in the current US political environment.