Michigan man charged for threatening to shoot Sen. Cory Booker in the face

A man who sent a profane message to the New Jersey senator is now facing prison time and fines in the latest of a series of threats to him and other Democratic lawmakers

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A Michigan man who allegedly called in a threat to Sen. Cory Booker is now facing federal charges.

NJ.com reports that, according to a federal indictment unsealed Monday, Ricky Lynn Simmons faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for leaving a threatening voicemail for senator full of expletives.

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Authorities say on October 26, 2018, Simmons allegedly used his personal cell phone to call Booker’s Camden office and repeatedly promised to put a 9mm gun in his face. Simmons also included several racial slurs in his angry tirade.

“I’m just doin’ my guns a blazin’ pal. I got a nine millimeter I’ll put in your (expletive) face, you (expletive). You wanna, you wanna challenge me?,” he taunted in the message, according to a copy of the indictment.

“Come on, you bring it on buddy,” the tirade continued. “Just me and my wife and we got guns a blazin’ you wanna come in here?”

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The vocal politician has been the target of several threats over the past year and around the time of the alleged voicemail threat, an explosive “pipe-bomb” style device was also addressed to his Camden, N.J. office. The package containing the explosive device was similar to others sent to target Democratic politicians and activists who have spoken up against President Trump. Fortunately, the delivery was intercepted at a South Florida U.S. Postal Service center mail sorting facility in Opa-locka.

A Florida man with a long rap sheet and a history of disruptive behavior was later traced in the case and charged in the nationwide mail-bomb scare meant to unnerve prominent Democrats.

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