On Thursday, a 33-year-old man from Tallahassee, Florida, was convicted of two counts of transmitting a communication in interstate commerce containing a threat to kidnap or injure another person.
Daniel Alan Baker was trying to organize an armed response to supporters of former President Donald Trump who were, at the time, expected to gather at the state Capitol in January ahead of Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration. According to reports, Baker used social media to recruit people in a plot to create a circle around protesters and trap them in the Capitol, according to the FBI. Court documents describe what it said was a series of threats of violence made by Baker, along with a prediction of civil war. Baker was described as anti-Trump, anti-government, anti-white supremacists, and anti-police.
An FBI affidavit said Baker was homeless and largely unemployed for the nine years after being kicked off the Army for going MIA before being deployed to Iraq.“If you are afraid to die fighting the enemy, then stay in bed and live. Call all of your friends and Rise Up!” Baker wrote on a Facebook event page he created, according to the affidavit.
As it stands, Baker is scheduled to be sentenced in August. He faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release on both counts.