(NEW YORK) -- Federal prosecutors have charged a Colorado man with threatening to shoot staffers of U.S. Senator Michael Bennet in the days before an unrelated shooting rampage that left an Arizona congresswoman in critical condition.
The suspect, John Troy Davis, 44, appeared before a federal magistrate in U.S. District Court in Denver on Monday and was ordered to remain in custody until his next court date on Thursday to set terms of his bond.
According to an affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent Jonathan Grusing, Davis called the Denver office of Senator Bennet last Thursday to seek a hearing on a matter with his Social Security benefits. Davis told staff members that “I’m a schizophrenic and I need help,” and “I’m just going to come down there and shoot you all,” the affidavit said.
He is charged with one count of assault on a federal employee stemming from a series of threats he is accused of making over the telephone to three staffers in Bennet's Denver office. If convicted, Davis faces up to 10 years in prison.
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