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Massachusetts man indicted after threatening organization that wants to end gun violence

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BOSTON – A man has been indicted in connection with sending threatening communications to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Drummond Neil Smithson, 30, was indicted on one count of use of interstate communications to transmit a threat to injure.

According to the indictment, on or about July 19, 2020, Smithson, an Army veteran, mailed a threatening communication from Ayer, Mass., to the Department of Veterans Affairs threatening to injure members of Moms Demand Action, a grassroots organization advocating for the end to gun violence. It is alleged that Smithson threatened, among other things, “If you take my pension there is going to be retaliation,” and, “You take my pension and the second I get out of prison I will go to a Moms Demand Action meeting […] Try me.”

The charge of use of interstate communications to transmit a threat to injure provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General; Federal Bureau of Investigations, Miami Field Office; and Federal Medical Center, Devens, Special Investigations Section. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen Noto of Rollins’ Worcester Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

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  1. Ken Masson

    May 16, 2022 at 10:40 am

    So much for good guys with guns. Too many ammosexuals are radically dangerous and shouldn’t be allowed to possess weapons. Look what weapons and hate did in Buffalo.

    It’s time we interpret our constitution the way it was originally interpreted for over 200 years straight from the Federalist papers. More guns, more violence.

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