Bangor man sentenced to prison for threatening congressman

Posted at 6:29 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 18:29:08-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A 60-year-old Bangor man was sentenced Friday to a year and a day in prison after pleading guilty to threatening a federal official.

Martin Dale Osborn will be supervised by a U.S. probation officer for three years after his release, according to a news release.

In June 2020, Osborn left a voicemail for Rep. Johnson, who represents Atlanta’s 4th Congressional District.

The voicemail said, “One day you are going to see me. It’ll be about 2 o’clock in the morning. I’ll be at your bedside and all you’re going to see is me knocking the living shit out of you... terrified? You should be.”

Osborn referred to Johnson, who is Black, as “boy,” and specifically linked his threat to the congressman’s sponsorship of a gun control bill.

Osborn will be permanently barred from possessing firearms as a result of his conviction.

“Every American has the right to express his or her opinion, but no one has the right to threaten another with violence,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge said. “Every threat will be taken seriously and result in serious consequences.”