ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man who made threatening posts on Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s official Facebook page has been sentenced to 14 months in federal prison.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that 33-year-old Daniel L. Mock had faced up to five years in prison after he previously pleaded guilty to interstate transmission of threatening communication.
But federal prosecutors agreed to the lower prison time because Mock hadn’t taken any actions to carry out the threats.
He was sentenced on Thursday.
In various social media posts, he complained about where Albuquerque Police officers parked their cars Downtown and he said he would run against Lujan Grisham. But in March 2020, prosecutors said, Mock went from general extremism to true threats when he went on Lujan Grisham’s Facebook page.
Lujan Grisham’s security detail contacted the FBI.
Mock told agents he was “just blowing off steam” in the Facebook posts.
Prosecutor Jaymie Roybal said in a court filing that that while freedom of speech is enshrined in the First Amendment, it doesn’t protect those who threaten to execute government officials.