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Oceanside man pleads guilty to leaving threatening message for Sen. Chuck Schumer


An Oceanside man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to threatening to kill Sen. Chuck Schumer, a threat made in a profane and bigoted voicemail message left at the New York Democrat’s office.

Johnathan Ryan McGuire, 35, admitted making threats across state lines, the only charge he faced in the federal criminal case filed in San Diego earlier this year.

McGuire is expected to be sentenced in San Diego on Jan. 6. The charge can carry a sentence of up to five years in prison.

McGuire’s attorney, Marc Kohnen, declined to comment Wednesday. Earlier this year, Kohnen said his client was “a decorated and honorably discharged veteran” of the US Air Force.

The threatening voicemail was left at noon on May 3 from McGuire’s cellphone number, according to documents filed by federal prosecutors.

In a sworn affidavit, an FBI agent said the caller threatened to fatally shoot the Senate Majority Leader, “send bullets your way.”

The threatening voicemail also contains anti-Semitic references and homophobic slurs.

The caller mentioned “baby murder”, an apparent reference to abortion. The post came the day after Politico published a leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion set to overturn Roe v. Wade. The court then reversed the 1973 decision.

The affidavit says the United States Capitol Police “documented numerous threats” from McGuire to “various members” of Congress as well as a Capitol Police officer. These alleged threats were made by phone or email, the FBI agent wrote.

The agent also noted that McGuire registered two firearms, one purchased in September 2020 and the other in May 2021.

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