An Arizona was found guilty on Thursday of threatening to murder Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a voicemail last January.
A jury convicted Steven Arthur Martis for leaving a voicemail to Pelosi’s Washington, D.C., office with the words “I’m going to kill you,”.
The Department of Justice said Martis also left another threatening voicemail with the words “You’re dead.”
According to reports, Martis — a 77-year-old from Bullhead City is set to be sentenced on Jan. 25 for one count of communicating an interstate threat.
In a statement, Acting United States Attorney Glenn B. McCormick hails the conviction on Friday saying that although we have free speech threatening someone is still a criminal offense.
“This case is an important reminder that, although the First Amendment protects our right to free speech, which is one of our most precious individual rights, the United States Attorney’s Office takes threats to kill or harm another individual through a phone call or other form of interstate communication very seriously,” McCormick said.