NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – A Montgomery County man has pleaded guilty to a January 2021 shooting at the Montgomery County Democratic Party headquarters in Norristown.
The US Attorney’s office said Wednesday that 48-year-old Anthony Niro pleaded guilty to charges of sending threatening communications and cyberstalking.
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Court documents state that Nero sent a threatening message to the MCDP over the Internet saying that the headquarters should “probably tighten security,” on January 7, 2021. Thirteen days later, on the day of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, MCDP officials found the front window. Its Norristown headquarters were shot three times.
Nero admitted to Norristown police in February for sending threats online via email and later firing at the MCDP office as he was both strained by the pandemic and troubled by the presidential election.
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Police say the email read: “Just wanted to let your offices know that you should probably step up security. With this piracy election and coup, violence is the only language you understand as bloodthirsty. [Expletive] you and your blm [expletive] With ANTIFA. We will end this rebellion. Again, Trump You! You [expletive] terrorist. It is difficult to investigate random acts of violence. Have fun.”
Officials said investigation has confirmed that two rounds of bullets recovered from the spot were fired from Nero’s .45 caliber pistol.
US Attorney Jennifer Arbitier Williams said, “Amid the politically turbulent times in our country, Anthony Nero sent a threatening message and then turned those words into a violent act that could result in catastrophic injury.” , or worse.”
Nero is in federal custody.
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Jacqueline Maguire, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia division, said, “Threats of violence are bad enough, but then, Anthony Niro executed his threat and fired several shots at the MCDP office.” “The FBI and our law enforcement partners are committed to investigating and holding accountable anyone who engages in this type of criminal behavior. No one needs to fear being the target of reckless violence.”