Coon Rapids man sentenced for threatening senator

A Coon Rapids man has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison for making threats against a United States senator, according to U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger.

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Brendon Michael Daugherty left two voicemails on a U.S. senator’s phone in June of 2022 in which he said, “You and the Republican Party should be proud that you’re pushing me to become a domestic terrorist. Have a nice [expletive] day; can’t wait to kill ya.”

Coming back in a second message, Daugherty said, “I also just wanted to note, thank God the Republican Party is against gun control laws because it would keep guns out of the hands of a person that was disabled and volatile like I am, but you guys are totally against that. So, I may actually get to carry out my nefarious goals.”

Daugherty pleaded guilty in November 2022 to one count of interstate transmission of a threat to injure the person of another. The senator that Daugherty threatened lives outside of Minnesota.

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Judge Eric Tostrud sentenced Daugherty in U.S. District Court on Wednesday. In handing down the sentence, Judge Tostrud emphasized that threats directed at elected officials pose a “pernicious threat to our democratic institutions.”