Mar 27, 2024 - Politics & Policy

California man sentenced to prison for leaving Pelosi, Mayorkas threatening voicemails

Nancy Pelosi speaks onstage at the 2023 TIME100 Summit at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for TIME)

Nancy Pelosi on April 25, 2023, in New York City. Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for TIME

A California man was sentenced to 11 months in prison for leaving threatening voicemails to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

The big picture: David Allen Carrier, 44, of Concord, was accused of leaving a message on Jan. 21, 2021, on the office voicemail of then-Speaker Pelosi, threatening to assault her, per the DOJ.

  • "You better resign, you piece of f-----g s--t," Carrier said in the voicemail to Pelosi, per court records obtained by ABC.
  • Carrier called the Department of Homeland Security hotline on June 30, 2022, and left a voicemail threatening to assault Mayorkas and "start killing" immigrants Carrier dubbed "illegal."

Catch up quick: He pleaded guilty in December to two counts of making threats against a federal official.

  • "In pleading guilty to the charge, Carrier acknowledged that he acted with the intent to interfere with her performance as she was engaged with her official duties as a Member of Congress," the department said.
  • In addition to the prison sentence, the judge also ordered Carrier to serve three years of supervised release, during which he must seek mental health and substance abuse treatment.

What they're saying: U.S. Attorney Ismail J. Ramsey said in a statement, "Participating in the public political conversation is an important right for all citizens."

  • "Nevertheless, threatening our public servants is not protected by the First Amendment and corrodes our ability to engage in peaceful and important public discourse," Ramsey added.

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