Bell made the first call March 1, 2017, to Schumer’s office. Within an hour, Bell left several messages threatening to harm the New York Democrat, Peeler said.
Roughly six months later, Bell, who is white, made similar threats to Scott, who is black. In the Oct. 23 profanity-laced threats, Peeler said Bell mentioned Dylann Roof, who was sentenced to death for carrying out the 2015 massacre of the nine black worshippers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.
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At one point during the threat, prosecutors said Bell asked, “are we as a white people supposed to just stand for this injustice or do we do what Dylann Roof did?”
It was not clear if Scott or Schumer were in their offices during the threats. Bell did not identify himself when he called the senators.
Bell’s sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 29. He faces a maximum of two years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both for each count.