A Florida man has been convicted by a federal jury after making threatening calls to members of congress, pretending to be an MS-13 gang member.
A federal jury has found Frank Anthony Pezzuto, 73, Venice, guilty of transmitting in interstate commerce three separate threatening communications to injure certain members of Congress.
Pezzuto faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
Pezzuto had been indicted on September 22, 2020.
According to evidence presented at trial, Pezzuto made three threatening phone calls from his home in Venice, Florida to certain congressional offices in Washington, D.C.
The first call took place on January 25, 2020, when Pezzuto left a voicemail at Congressman’s Eric Swalwell office in which he said that he was coming to kill him.
Pezzuto subsequently left a voicemail at a lawmakers office, identified in the case as, A.S., on January 30, 2020, stating that he was a worker for MS-13 and that MS-13 was coming to cut off A.S.’s head.
Then, on February 3, 2020, Pezzuto called Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s office and stated to the person who answered the phone: “tell her I’m going to kill her today.”
Each time Pezzuto made these threatening calls, he used his cellphone but concealed his phone number.
United States Capitol Police were able to identify Pezzuto as the caller and confirm that the calls had been routed through a cell tower near Pezzuto’s home in Florida.
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