A 74-year-old Long Island man arrested on Friday for charges of killing two US senators in protest for his support for Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
The man Ronald DeRisi, threatened to kill and attack the senators – not named – in more than 10 voicemails left to their offices, according to a complaint prepared by the United States Capitol Police.
In the voicemail, Mr. DeRisi, who is from Smithtown, NY, used threats of bodily harm that were laced with expletives to counter the senators from voting to approve Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination and then urged one to do so, said the complaint.
After performing a keyword, investigators found ammunition for a 9-millimeter gun at Mr. DeRisi’s home, said Marzulli. They found a BB weapon at home but no firearms, he said.
Peter E. Brill, DeRisi’s lawyer, said his client had severe dementia that resulted in a pattern of behavioral problems.
“He has gotten to the point where he can not understand right and wrong,” says Mr. Brill. “He has no complete control over his faculties.”
One of the senators received the first of two voicemails on September 27th threatened to shoot the officer in his head with a 9-millimeter gun, according to the complaint. Mr. Brill said his client used to own firearms but gave them a family member.
On October 6, the Senate’s Day of Confirmation, the second senator received a message about voice messages: “You’re better off this guy did not come in.” said the complaint. Less than an hour later, the same caller left a voice message that read what he thought was the senator’s home address.
Two days after Justice Kavanaugh was confirmed, The same senator received a message saying: “Thanks to you … we now have a sexual predator in the Supreme Court. “The senator received 10 voice messages from the same person, said the complaint.
The Kavanaugh nomination became a controversial partyan battle after being accused of several women of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct. senators, such as Susan Collins of Maine, who were undefined.
The Capitol police used the voice recordings and the telephone record to determine the talks made by DeRisi, according to the complaint. A spokeswoman for the Capitol Police would not comment on the matter.
To threaten to kill an American official is a federal offense punishable in a prison sentence of 10 years.
In 2011, DeRisi was arrested after using a decorative samurai sword to cut cables on a cellular tower near his home, Mr. Brill said. Early release from the test, Mr. Brill said.
Mr. DeRisi was also arrested in 2015, if to claim a lawyer for a homeowner’s association to which he had a dispute, Mr. Brill said. This case did not lead to imprisonment, he noted.
After the event of 2015, Mr. Brill stated, a psychological evaluation found that Mr. DeRisi had cerebral atrophy likely to affect his actions.
In a statement on Friday, Richard P. Donoghue, the United States lawyer for the Eastern District of New York, law enforcement would not tolerate threats to violence in an attempt to win a political dispute.
“Representative democracy can not work if selected officials are threatened with death simply to do their job,” he said.