A New York man has pleaded guilty to leaving threatening voicemails for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.
In his messages, he clearly stated that he intended to do harm to Greene. He also dared her to charge him. He is now facing time in jail as a result.
Did he actually think he wouldn’t be caught?
From the Department of Justice:
Broome County Man Pleads Guilty to Making Interstate Threats to Member of Congress
As part of his guilty plea, Morelli admitted to that on March 3, 2022, he placed a telephone call to the Washington, D.C. office of a member of the U.S. House Representatives that said in part, ““I’m gonna have to take your life into my own hands… I’m gonna hurt you. Physically, I’m gonna harm you.”
A second voicemail message on March 3, 2022, said in part, “I’m gonna have to show you, to your face, right up front, what violence truly is, and I don’t think you’re gonna like it.… I can pay someone 500 bucks to take a baseball bat and crack your skull. …You are going to get f**king physically hurt.”
A third voicemail message on March 3, 2022, included, “you’re gonna cause people to get hurt, so I’m gonna have to hurt you physically. … I’m gonna make sure that, even if they lock me up, someone’s gonna get you ’cause I’ll pay them to.”
A report from the Business Insider shows just how dumb this guy is:
A New York man who admitted to leaving threatening voicemails for Marjorie Taylor Greene dared her to file charges against him
At one point, Morelli even spelled out his name and told Greene’s office where he lived, according to court records.
“My name is Joseph Morelli, M-O-R-E-L-L-I,” he said, according to court documents.
He also dared Greene to press charges, according to the documents, saying it’d give him a chance in court to say “how bad you are for humanity.”
Morelli is under house arrest until his sentencing on June 1. He faces up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Greene noted the irony of the situation on Twitter:
A man pleads guilty for planning to kill me or paying someone to do it. Now he’s at home, able to do it while awaiting sentencing.
But a guy who sat at Pelosi’s desk faces 20 years & people who walked into the Capitol on J6 are rotting in jail pretrial.https://t.co/UPX65EyPU1
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) February 2, 2023
Hat tip to the Legal Insurrection blog.