Philadelphia Man Charged with Threatening to Kill U.S. Congressman and His Family
|U.S. Attorney’s Office March 29, 2010|
PHILADELPHIA—Today, a two-count complaint and warrant was filed charging Norman Leboon with threatening to kill United States Congressman Eric Cantor and his family, and threatening to kill Congressman Eric Cantor, who is an official of the United States, announced United States Attorney Michael L. Levy and FBI Special Agent in Charge Jan Fedarcyk. As set forth in the affidavit to the complaint and warrant, in or about late March, 2010, Leboon created and then transmitted a YouTube video to Google over the Internet, in which he threatened to kill Congressman Cantor and his family. No harm came to the Congressman or his family as a result of Leboon’s threats.
“The Department of Justice takes threats against government officials seriously, especially threats to kill or injure others,” said Levy. “Whether the reason for the threat is personal or political, threats are not protected by the First Amendment and are crimes.”
INFORMATION REGARDING THE DEFENDANT
NAME: Norman Leboon
ADDRESS: Philadelphia, PA
AGE: 33 years old
If convicted of all the charges, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment, three years of supervised release, a fine up to $500,000, and a $200 special assessment.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert K. Reed.