Ruston man sentenced for threats to U.S. Congress

A Ruston man has been sentenced to prison for threatening a member of the United States Congress.

United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced Chase Levi Thibodeaux, 39, of Ruston was recently sentenced by U.S District Judge Terry A. Doughty to 36 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for transmitting threats in interstate commerce.

The charges stem from an incident which occurred about October 12, 2021, when Thibodeaux placed a telephone call to the office of a member of the United States Congress located in New York. The U.S. Attorney’s Office had earlier identified the member as “A.O.C.,” a reference to New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

In the voicemail, Thibodeaux stated he would buy an Uzi and gun Ocasio-Cortez down in the streets. He also stated he would buy a Walther PPK with a silencer and the Congress member would “never know what hit her.”

The United States Capitol Police began an investigation into the threats and learned Thibodeaux had  placed the phone call and left the threatening voicemail. In addition, agents learned Thibodeaux had made over 100 calls to the Congressional Office in the previous two months and left voicemails directly for the Member of Congress.

Thibodeaux could have received up to ten 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, 2 years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case was investigated by the United States Capitol Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth D. Reeg.

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