DALLAS — A North Texas man faces a federal charge after authorities say he threatened the lives of Democrats, including U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, over their response to the nation’s coronavirus outbreak.

Gavin Weslee Blake Perry, 27, of Wichita Falls faces one count of transmitting a threatening communication in interstate commerce. He was taken into custody Wednesday and made his initial court appearance Thursday.

According to federal prosecutors, someone notified Wichita Falls police that Perry had made threatening remarks on his Facebook page.

“If youre a dem or apart of the establishment in the democrats side I view you as a criminal and a terrorists and i advise everyone to Go SOS (shoot on sight) and use live rounds,” he wrote in one post Monday, authorities said. “Shoot to kill. This is a revolution. This is our world we just allow you to live it in.”

In another post, he called Pelosi part of a Satanic cult and linked to an article about a coronavirus aid bill, prosecutors said. “Dems of the establishment will be removed at any cost necessary and yes that means by death,” the post said.

Prosecutors said Perry told arresting officers that they were violating his right to free speech and called the American government, whose authority he claimed not to respect, tyrannical. He also said he would bond out of custody and refuse to appear in court, authorities said.

“The Department of Justice takes the security of our public servants seriously. Americans are entitled to voice their opinions — but we will not allow them to threaten our officials’ physical safety,” U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said in a written statement. “This defendant’s threats against the Speaker and law enforcement agents are wholly inexcusable, and we look forward to bringing him to justice.”

Perry faces up to five years in prison if convicted. He has previously served time for misdemeanor assault in Tarrant County and evading arrest in Archer County, court records show.


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