New York man arrested for threatening to kill senators who supported Kavanaugh

New York man arrested for threatening to kill senators who supported Kavanaugh

A New York man was arrested Friday and charged with making death threats against two senators for their votes to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughTrump promises to travel to Alaska to campaign against Murkowski Disgraced former media darling Andrew Cuomo must resign, but more for this reason Justices hear sparring over scope of safeguards for minority voters MORE.

NBC 4 New York reports that Ronald Derisi, 74, was arrested and charged with making multiple harassing voice messages left on the inboxes of two senators, whose names were not identified in court documents.


In one voicemail left on the inbox of one of the two senators, Derisi reportedly warned that he had a "present" for one senator.

“It’s a nine millimeter. Side of your fucking skull, you scumbag motherf---er," Derisi allegedly said in the recording, according to BuzzFeed News.

On the other senator's inbox, Derisi allegedly made references to the allegations of sexual misconduct that dogged Kavanaugh during his confirmation battle in the Senate.

“Listen, you dumb son of a bitch, don’t you know that guy’s a sex offender? How could you not know that ... you f---ing twit. I’m gonna get you," he allegedly said, according to BuzzFeed.

NBC 4 reported that Derisi has a history of leaving threatening messages over the phone.

In February of 2015, Derisi pleaded guilty in Nassau County First District Court in New York to one count of aggravated harassment against a victim who alleged that Derisi left around 15 threatening messages on their home phone and office voicemail.

“Representative democracy cannot work if elected officials are threatened with death for simply doing their job,” U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said in a statement released on Twitter. “The First Amendment — the pinnacle of American achievement — protects debate, disagreement and dissent, not death threats.”

Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate in a 50-48 vote following weeks of contentious discussions in the Senate over allegations of sexual misconduct from three women who came forward during his confirmation hearings.

He fiercely denied the allegations and was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice earlier this month.