WBUR reports the lawyer for the California guy who called the Globe more than a dozen times last August to threaten to storm the newsroom and kill people says the guy now realizes he was a shmuck and will plead guilty in Boston federal court and apologize.
US District Court Judge William Young yesterday set May 15 for a hearing at which Robert Chain will formally plead guilty to a charge of making threatening communications in interstate commerce and be sentenced.
By pleading guilty, Chain, 68, could get a reduced sentence. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison. As a convicted felon, he will have to give up the guns he owns - including a rifle he bought last May.
According to an affidavit by an FBI agent assigned to the case, the Trump-inspired Chain felt the appropriate response to a national editorial campaign, organized by the Globe, to ask people to stop attacking the press, was to call up the Globe newsroom and threaten what he said was "an enemy of the people," such as:
Hey, how’s your pussy smell today, nice and fresh? We are going to shoot you motherfuckers in the head, you Boston Globe cocksuckers. Shoot every fucking one of you.
You’re the enemy of the people, and we’re going to kill every fucking one of you. Hey, why don’t you call the F, why don’t you call Mueller, maybe he can help you out buddy. Still there faggot? Alright, why, you going to trace my call? What are you going to do motherfucker? You ain’t going to do shit. I’m going to shoot you in the fucking head later today, at 4 o’clock. Goodbye.
After that call, the Globe and Boston Police made sure the Globe offices downtown were heavily guarded.