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Oceanside man accused of threatening Sen. Chuck Schumer via voicemail

Federal prosecutors in San Diego have charged an Oceanside man they say threatened to kill Sen. Chuck Schumer in a profanity- and bigotry-laced voicemail message left at the New York Democrat’s Washington, D.C., office last month.

Newly unsealed filings in San Diego federal court say the threatening voicemail, left midday May 3, came from 34-year-old Jonathan Ryan McGuire’s cellphone number.

McGuire faces a sole charge of issuing the threats, which can carry a sentence of up to five years in prison. He has been arrested and, as of Wednesday, remained in custody at the federal jail in downtown San Diego. He has a detention hearing set for Friday.

McGuire’s attorney, Marc Kohnen, said in an email that his client is “a decorated and honorably discharged U.S. Air Force Veteran who remains presumptively innocent of any allegations.”

“We will look forward to defending his case in the forthcoming court proceedings,” Kohnen said.

In a sworn affidavit, an FBI agent said the caller threatened to fatally shoot the Senate majority leader and “send some bullets your way.”

The caller mentions “baby-killing,” an apparent reference to abortion, and left the message the day after Politico published a leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion poised to strike down Roe v. Wade.

The threatening voicemail also contains antisemitic references and homophobic slurs.

The affidavit said U.S. Capitol Police have “documented numerous threats” by McGuire to “various members” of Congress as well as a Capitol Police officer. Those alleged threats were made either by phone or email, the FBI agent wrote.

The agent also noted that McGuire has two guns registered to him, one bought in September 2020 and the other in May 2021.



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