A Florida man has pleaded responsible to threatening to kill the defense attorney of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, federal prosecutors mentioned.
William John Hartnett, 42, of Coral Gables, admitted Wednesday to calling the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association — which funded Chauvin’s defense within the May 2020 homicide of George Floyd — and leaving a menacing 18-second voicemail on April 6 for defense attorney Eric Nelson.
“Hey you and your whole f–king family are going to f—king die, you motherf—er, for representing Chauvin, a f—king murderer,” Hartnett mentioned on the decision, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
“Now, you all are going to f—king die a worse death than Floyd, you motherf—-. All of you piece of sh—.”
Hartnett made the decision from Miami as Chauvin’s trial was underway. Two weeks later, a jury convicted the previous Minneapolis cop of second-degree unintentional homicide, third-degree homicide and second-degree manslaughter — after he kneeled on Floyd’s neck for greater than 9 minutes on May 25, 2020.
Chauvin, 45, was sentenced to 22½ years in jail in June, however mentioned final month he intends to attraction his conviction and sentence for Floyd’s homicide, which led to worldwide protests towards police brutality and racial injustice.
Chauvin was additionally charged in federal court docket with violating Floyd’s civil rights and has pleaded not responsible.
Hartnett pleaded responsible to one depend of transmitting a risk by means of interstate communications. He faces a most of 5 years in jail when he’s due to be sentenced on Dec. 15.
Hartnett’s attorney didn’t return a message searching for remark late Thursday, NBC News reported.