Marine vet in 29 Palms found guilty of making more than 10,000 threatening calls to government offices
A Twentynine Palms man who federal prosecutors said made over 10,000 harassing phone calls to government offices, which included threats to kill congressional staffers, was convicted Wednesday on six counts.
A jury found Robert Stahlnecker, 48, guilty on one count of making threats by interstate commerce and five counts of anonymous telecommunications harassment, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office – Central District of California. He was acquitted of two counts of threatening federal employees.
He faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison at a May 4 hearing in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
According to court records, Stahlnecker made the calls between January and November 2019, and followed a similar pattern in which he complained about a U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Hospital in Loma Linda and then “(launch) into profanity-laced, obscene, and offensive tirades.”
In one of several calls made to Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office, Stahlnecker allegedly told a female intern who answered: “I am going to come to your office and kill you, you miserable little c—.”
The next day, an FBI agent said in an affidavit that Stahlnecker called again and became angry when the intern didn’t provide her name because he was “keeping a list of the b—-es that hang up on him.”
In August, Stahlnecker reportedly called a U.S. Congresswoman’s office in San Mateo and told the staffer who answered: “I’m going to your f—ing office and I’m going to kill you, f— you.”
Of the 10,000 calls, the FBI investigator found that over 3,600 of them were made to a VA complaint line.
This is not the first run-in Stahlnecker has had with law enforcement for making threats.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, he has been the subject of 41 investigations for threatening or harassing phone calls involving 53 elected officials since at least …read more
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