FBI: Ind. man threatened House Speaker John Boehner

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH/AP) – Federal charges were filed against a New Castle man on Thursday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said Brandon J. Thompson, 32, made threats to House Speaker John Boehner via email and phone.

FBI agents arrested Thompson at his home Thursday night. Thompson had his initial court appearance in front of a U.S. Magistrate Judge on Friday morning.

The Associated Press reports Thompson made repeated threats against Boehner over the House’s failure to pass an unemployment extension.

Chief Federal Defender Monica Foster said Thompson has been unemployed for more than a year and his benefits ran out in January.

“Free speech is the cornerstone of our democracy but threats of violence have no place in our civil society.  People who are inclined to make them need to know that they violate the law and they will be aggressively pursued,” U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Tim Horty said in a press release on Friday.

Prosecutors said Thompson acknowledged making the threats.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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