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Georgia resident pleads guilty to sending death threats during Kenosha protests

By: Ali Teske//May 19, 2022//

Georgia resident pleads guilty to sending death threats during Kenosha protests

By: Ali Teske//May 19, 2022//

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A twenty-seven-year-old Georgia resident plead guilty to one count of cyberstalking Wednesday.

Minjie Cao of Alpharetta, Georgia was charged for death threats sent to Kenosha government officials in August 2020 during the unrest and protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. According to the court documents, over a two-day span, Cao emailed death threats to three Kenosha officials and also made several phone calls to their offices. The threats caused extensive distress to the individuals during the unrest in Kenosha following the Jacob Blake shooting.

The cyberstalking count carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison, up to $250,000 in fines and up to three years of supervised release. Sentencing is set for October 19 before U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Proctor and was investigated by the FBI.

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