By The Daily Caller. A Virginia man was arrested Friday and charged with threatening to murder U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor and two of his staffers.
Wallace Grove Godwin, a 69-year-old Virginia Beach resident, made the threats during a visit to Taylor’s office on Thursday.
According to court documents filed in federal court on Friday, Godwin became upset during a discussion about marijuana policy. Taylor, a 39-year-old Republican, supports legalizing marijuana. He co-sponsored a 2017 bill that would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act.
“Scott is having an event this Saturday. I am going to get my shotgun and do something about this. I will just handle this myself,” Godwin said, before pointing to two staffers and saying: “You two are next.”
Taylor was not at the office at the time, according to court documents. (Read more from “Virginia Man Threatens to Murder GOP Congressman – Here’s Why” HERE)
Man Arrested for Threatening to Murder Virginia Congressman
By Politico. A Virginia Beach man was charged Friday with threatening to murder his local congressman, Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.), the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia announced Friday.
According to court documents, Wallace Grove Godwin, 69, visited Taylor’s office on Thursday and threatened to shoot him and two staffers at a Saturday event. The dispute arose, according to the District Attorney’s office, over a discussion about marijuana policy.
“Scott is having an event this Saturday. I am going to get my shotgun and do something about this. I will just handle this myself,” Godwin allegedly said to a Taylor staffer. He then pointed to two staffers in the room and said, “You two are next,” authorities said.
Gowdin is expected to appear in a federal courthouse in Norfolk, Va. on Friday afternoon. The maximum penalty for threatening a member of Congress is 10 years in prison.
Lawmakers have clamored for more funding for personal security over the last year amid increased hostility at local events — and especially after last year’s baseball practice shooting that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) gravely wounded. (Read more from “Man Arrested for Threatening to Murder Virginia Congressman” HERE)