MIAMI, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)-A 42-year-old Coral Gables, Florida man spoke yesterday in federal district court to sue defense attorney Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted on first this year in the murder of George. Floyd.
At yesterday’s hearing before U.S. District Judge Donald L. Graham, William John Hartnett admitted that on April 6, from his location in Miami, he called the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (“MPPOA”) in St. Louis. Paul, an organization that funds Chauvin’s Defense. Hartnett left an 18-second message in the MPPOA voicemail in which he threatened to kill Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s defense attorney. In his message, Hartnett shouted: “Hey you and your whole f—— family are going to f—— die, you mother—–, for representing Chauvin, af—— murderer. Now, all of you are going to f—— die more worse death than Floyd, you mother—–. All you pieces of s—-. ”
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Hartnett pleaded guilty to a number of transmitting a threat through communications between the country. Judge Graham, sitting in Miami, will sentence Hartnett on Dec. 15. He faces a maximum statutory sentence of five years in prison.
Juan Antonio Gonzalez, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and George L. Piro, Special Agent Billing, FBI Miami, announced the guilty plea.
The FBI Miami is investigating the case, with help from the MPPOA. Assistant U.S. Attorney Hayden P. O’Byrne is pursuing the case.