New York man pleads guilty for violent threats against Sen Warnock, after he wins, amid Capitol riot

The defendant pled guilty transmitting threats to injure and owing ammunition after having been convicted of a felony.
Raphael Warnock
Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock on campaign trail. Nov. 2020.
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A New York man has pleaded guilty to threatening violence on recently elected Georgia Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, according to the Justice Department. 

The man, Eduard Florea, 41, of Queens, pleaded guilty Monday to posting the violent threats against Warnock on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6 – the day of the Capitol riot and when Warnock won the hotly contested Senate runoff election.

Florea also pleaded guilty in a federal court in Brooklyn to a weapons offense after federal agents discovered an arsenal in his New York City home. He unlawfully possessed the ammunition because of a prior felony conviction, according to The New York Times.

"Warnock is going to have a hard time casting votes for communist policies when he’s swinging with the f$%&ing fish," Mr. Florea posted online. He also wrote, "Dead men can't pass sh*t laws."

Florea, a software engineer, faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced in November, the Justice Department also said.

His arrest was reportedly part of the effort to find and charge those who allegedly committed crimes in association with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

A lawyer for Mr. Florea declined comment Monday for The Times.

Florea, who was not in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6 but said he planned to, posted the comments on the social networking app Parler.

He wrote that everyone must "go armed" to the Capitol and that he was "definitely slicing a throat" in Washington, according to court records obtained by The Times.