A Syracuse man is accused of leaving a death threat on a voice mail to Rep. John Katko over net neutrality, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. said Wednesday.
Patrick D. Angelo, 28, called Katko's Washington D.C. office on Oct. 19 and left the voice mail, authorities said.
The message said: “Listen Mr. Katko, if you support net neutrality, I will support you. But if you don’t support net neutrality, I will find you and your family and I will kill…you…all. Do you understand?” according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
The message continued: “I will literally find all…of…you and your progeny and just wipe you from the face of the earth. Net neutrality is more important than the defense of the United States. Net neutrality is more important than free speech. Net neutrality is more important than health care. Net neutrality is literally the basis of the new society. That even if you don’t understand, how important it is, net neutrality is literally the basis of the new…free…society. So if you don’t support it, I am willing to lay down my li- (recording ends).”
Congressman Katko’s office reported the voicemail to the U.S. Capitol Police, which began an investigation with the FBI. Investigators tracked the phone call to Angelo, Kennedy said.
Katko, a Republican from Syracuse, had served as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of New York, and that is whey the case is being prosecuted by Kennedy's office in Buffalo.
Angelo appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Therese Wiley Dancks on Wednesday and was being held pending a detention hearing on Dec. 1.