Damien Grant, 33, of was charged with influencing a federal official by threat, mailing threatening communications, and threatening the president of the United States.
The threats Grant allegedly made were mainly against Trump, the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois, and a federal judge were targeted as well.
The threats against Trump and the other federal officials were made in the time between the November presidential election and the inauguration of Joe Biden.
In a letter to Trump, Grant wrote:
“And the moment you walk out of office, I’m going to have you shot! Right in your (expletive) head,”
In a letter to the U.S. attorney, Grant wrote an ultimatum demanding charges against him be dropped if the attorney ever wanted to see his family again.
“I might have someone walk in the Court House and blow all you evil (expletive) to pieces,” Grant said in a Nov. 30 letter addressed to the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois.
Although the charges were filed in Peoria, the U.S. attorney’s office there has recused itself and Grant will be prosecuted by the U.S. attorney in Chicago. The arraignment of Grant hasn’t been scheduled, and it wasn’t immediately known if he has legal representation.