A Philadelphia suburban man is accused of shoot three shots entered a local Democratic Party office on Inauguration Day pleaded guilty to federal charges.
Anthony Nero, 48, last week filed a federal complaint alleging federal sending threat communications and cyber services related to the threats days before three shots were fired early May 20. 1 into the Montgomery County party office in Norristown.
Authorities said the shots, which did not cause injuries, were linked to Nero through a threatening email sent on January 7, a day after the U.S. Capitol riots, warning that the party should “be able to increase security” and reference President Trump and falsely claim that the election was stolen.
Authorities allege that Nero said he was stressed out by the loss of his family, the COVID-19 shutdown and the election. He initially faced county charges, including terrorist threats, terrorism, reckless endangerment and gun crime, but those charges were dropped when the case was moved to court. federal court.
Nero said little during the hearing, briefly answering the judge’s questions and acknowledging that “unfortunately” the facts of the case were exactly as presented, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. act. ”
“I can’t help but think that the climate in our country at the time of the offense and the rhetoric from elected officials profoundly influenced him and contributed to his his actions that day.
Nero remains in custody while his sentencing is scheduled for April 14.
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/man-accused-of-shooting-into-montco-dem-party-hq-enters-pleas/3101739/ Man accused of shooting in Montgomery County HQ Democrats join deal – NBC10 Philadelphia