Federal prosecutors announced that a Texas man, who had threatened a Maricopa County official, an Arizona election official, and the children of both officials, received a sentence of more than three years.
According to court documents, Frederick Francis Goltz (52), made the threats via two websites: patriots.win, and media Gab, a social media platform.
According to his plea agreement, he posted, on November 21, under the name “FreeSpeechMaster,” the name, address, phone number, and fax machine for a Maricopa County official in Arizona.
Goltz, who made a typographical error, wrote: “It’d be a shame to see this child.” He also wrote in other comments that “Someone must get these people and their children.” “The children are the most vital message.”
Maricopa County, and its election officials, were the target of conspiracy theories and lies regarding the 2020 presidential elections. Auditors for a Republican-backed initiative famously looked for things such as bamboo and secret watermarks.
Goltz’s comment was on a post about the 2020 presidential elections and ballots for the county of Arizona, the most populous in the state.
Goltz said on Gab that he was “willing to take lives”, and in part, “their children were not off limits either.”
U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Texas reported that the threats were directed at an election official and a county attorney’s lawyer. The prosecutor’s said that he also suggested “mass shootings of poll workers”.
Goltz’s lawyer did not respond immediately to a comment request Friday evening.
Leigha Simonton, U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, said “Election workers carry out a sacred duty to the body political” and that threats made against them were unconscionable.
She said in a statement that “this particular defendant advocated violence not only against these men but also against their children.” The Justice Department won’t stand idly by while bad actors threaten law enforcement officials or election officials.
Goltz plead guilty to interstate threats communications on April 26, 2006.