Guilty plea from man who threatened Rep. John Lewis’ staff

Criminal Defense Lawyer, Atlanta GAFrom the Associated Press as reported in the Athens Banner-Herald, on Friday a man accused of threatening U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ staff plead guilty in federal court.

Dante Antione Rosser, 43, pleaded guilty to a charge of threatening a federal official. His plea agreement calls for an 18-month prison sentence, followed by three years of supervised release, prosecutor Phyllis Clerk said in court.

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Clerk said Rosser made threatening calls, with some sexual in nature, to Lewis’ Atlanta and Washington offices from March 2016 through February 2017.

Court records say the Democratic congressman’s Atlanta-based staff members expressed “grave concerns” for their safety after Rosser went to their office and made several phone calls.

Rosser made 46 calls within a two-day period in February and demanded the congressman’s staff seek “financial reparations” for his family, according to a sworn statement from a U.S. Capitol Police special agent. The statement says Rosser threatened to “splatter their heads all over the ground.”

After the media attention the case received, the staff at an apartment complex close to Atlanta where Rosser had previously resided reached out to the FBI to say that he had harassed them for nearly two years, Clerk told a magistrate judge in July. The threats and harassment increased, and Rosser even went to the leasing office where he shouted at the employees, Clerk said.

The recommendation of 18 months in prison is binding if U.S. District Judge Steve Jones accepts the plea agreement. Jones said he wanted to review a presentence report to be completed by a probation officer before accepting the agreement. Sentencing is scheduled for April 23.