A Queens man charged with threatening to kill a slew of Democratic members of Congress in on-line rants once informed a relative, “I’ll stick a knife in your child,” federal prosecutors alleged in courtroom Wednesday.
The disturbing allegation was disclosed throughout a bail listening to for Brendan Hunt, 37, after his legal professionals argued he was simply blowing off steam when he referred to as for the general public execution of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
However Assistant US Lawyer David Kessler countered by alleging that Hunt, who has no felony document, has a historical past of violent outbursts and needs to be detained to defend the neighborhood.
On Dec. 14 — about a week after Hunt used the alias “X-ray Extremely” to put up social media messages calling for firing squads for prime elected Democrats — he acquired into an argument with a relative who had unfriended him on Fb, Kessler said.
“The dispute ended with the defendant writing, ‘You might be stuffed with it. I’ve nothing additional to say to you, and in the event you textual content me once more, I’ll stick a knife in your child,’” the prosecutor informed US Justice of the Peace Decide Pamela Chen through the digital listening to in Brooklyn federal courtroom.
Kessler added that Hunt, who previously labored on the NY Workplace of Courtroom Administration, has had three run-ins on the Metropolitan Detention Middle since he was arrested in January and held with out bail.
One confrontation allegedly concerned Hunt “screaming and cursing at an MDC worker who requested if he wanted any psychological providers,” Kessler said.
In 2007 and 2014, his mother and father referred to as the cops on him throughout arguments that allegedly turned bodily. However his dad, John Hunt, a former Queens County Household Courtroom choose, insisted these incidents didn’t escalate past shoving. He said he believed his son’s abuse of marijuana and alcohol led to his unhinged on-line rants.
“I’ve little question if my son is launched, he’ll abide by any orders you challenge,” he said in courtroom.
Protection lawyer Leticia Olivera wrote in a movement pushing for Hunt’s launch that his fanciful on-line posts are “extra per intoxication than riot.”
“Mr. Hunt engaged in no precise planning … that may be per a plan or perception that he may really effectuate a ‘firing squad’ or ‘public execution’ of Members of Congress and exchange them with ‘precise patriots,’” she wrote.
Olivera argued that his on-line statements “are lined by the First Modification’s broad protections for offensive, caustic, and even violent political speech.”
After the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Hunt allegedly posted a video calling on Individuals to assassinate senators and complained about a “Zionist occupied authorities,” in accordance to courtroom papers.
He’s charged with threatening to assault and homicide a US official.
Chen is scheduled to rule Friday on whether or not to launch Hunt.