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Westminster Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Florida Congresswoman

Photo: Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)

Maryland — Darryl Albert Varnum, 43, of Westminster, pleaded guilty on Friday to making a threatening communication, specifically to a member of Congress.

According a press release sent late Friday afternoon by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, last June Varnum left a voicemail message in which he threatened to murder a member of the U.S. House of Representatives who supported legislation that he opposed.

Although the U.S. Attorney’s Office did not identify the congressperson, in July, the Daily Beast confirmed that Varnum, a Pentagon cybersecurity contractor, left the threatening voice mail for Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL), “over the introduction of a bill that would require public schools to vaccinate children.”

According to the charging documents, Varnum intended to impede, intimidate, and retaliate against Wilson and her duties as a member of U.S. House of Representatives.

Varnum was arrested on July 8, 2019 on the federal charges and was ordered to complete a 28-day inpatient program at the Shoemaker Center in Sykesville, and return to court at the conclusion of the program.

Varnum faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.  His sentencing has been scheduled for May 20, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Of the guilty plea, United States Attorney Robert K. Hur said, “We take violent threats extremely seriously.  The investigation began immediately upon learning of the threats…”


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