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A Nebraska man pleads guilty in federal court to threatening a Colorado election official.

A Nebraska man pleaded guilty Thursday to posting several threatening messages on an Instagram page associated with a Colorado election official.

Travis Ford, 42, of Lincoln, made multiple threats in August 2021 toward the official, according to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado.

Specifically, Ford wrote, “Do you feel safe? You should not. Do you think Soros will/can protect you? and “Your security details are far too thin and incompetent to protect you. This world is unpredictable these days…anything can happen to anyone.

Ford also posted similar messages on Instagram pages associated with the President of the United States and another public figure, according to the statement.

“We are proud to work with our partners at the FBI Denver, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nebraska, and the Justice Department’s Criminal Division to hold this defendant accountable for threatening an election official in Colorado,” the official said. U.S. Attorney Cole Finegan, of the District of Colorado, in the release. “If you make threats of violence online, don’t expect to remain anonymous.”

Ford is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 6 and faces up to two years in prison.


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