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Trump supporter charged over alleged threat to kill judge overseeing Trump case

President Donald Trump. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)
August 17, 2023

A Texas woman has been arrested and charged after she allegedly threatened to kill the judge overseeing former President Donald Trump’s 2020 election case in Washington, D.C.

According to court documents, Abigail Jo Shry allegedly left a threatening voicemail for U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan in which she threatened the judge, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), the LGBT community and “other democratic parties.”

Authorities said Shry’s message to Chutkan began with her allegedly saying, “Hey you stupid slave n—–.”

Court documents alleged Shry then threatened to kill anyone who went after Trump, including Rep. Lee, “all Democrats in Washington, D.C.,” and “all people in the LGBTQ community.”

“You are in our sights, we want to kill you,” Shry allegedly said. “If Trump doesn’t get elected in 2024, we are coming to kill you, so tread lightly, b-tch.”

“You will be targeted personally, publicly, your family, all of it,” she allegedly added.

Department of Homeland Security Special Agents subsequently interviewed Shry at her home, where she allegedly admitted making the call and leaving the message for Chutkan. She also allegedly told federal agents that she did not plan on going to Washington, D.C., or Houston but added, “we need to worry” if Rep. Lee visits Shry’s town of Alvin, Texas.

Federal authorities charged Shry with Transmission in Interstate or Foreign Commerce of any Communication Containing a Threat to Injure the Person of Another in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 875(c).

The alleged call and message occurred days before the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fatally shot a man who allegedly threatened President Joe Biden, as well as several other politicians and public figures.

The bureau was executing a search warrant against Craig Deleeuw Robertson around 6 a.m. in Provo, Utah, earlier this month when the deadly shooting occurred.

Robertson allegedly said he needed to prepare his sniper rifle and camouflage for Biden’s trip to Utah, NBC News reported.