Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Chase Levi Thibodeaux, 38, of Ruston, with threatening a federal official and transmitting threats in interstate commerce.
The indictment alleges that on or about Oct. 12, 2021, Thibodeaux threatened to murder a member of Congress while she was engaged in the performance of her official duties, and to retaliate against her on account of her official duties.
It is further alleged in the indictment that Thibodeaux placed a telephone call to the member of Congress stating that he would murder her, thereby knowingly transmitting a communication in interstate commerce with the intent to threaten to injure people with knowledge that they would view the communication as a threat.
An indictment is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
If convicted, Thibodeaux faces not more than 10 years in prison on the charge of threatening a federal official, not more than 5 years on the transmitting threats in interstate commerce charge, two years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.
The United States Capitol Police and FBI are investigating the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth D. Reeg is prosecuting the case.
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