Michigan man pleads guilty to making threat to Sen. Cory Booker

Posted at 1:05 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 14:34:05-05

(WXYZ) — The FBI said a west Michigan man has pleaded guilty to making a threat to Sen. Cory Booker over the phone last year.

According to the FBI, 52-year-old Rick Simmons, of Kentwood, pleaded guilty to one count of making an interstate threat after calling Booker's Camden, N.J. office last year and leaving a voicemail threatening to hurt Booker.

During a plea hearing, Simmons admitted that he called the office on Oct. 26, 2108 and left a vulgarity-filled voicemail and threatened to "put a nine millimeter" into Booker's face.

"The FBI works closely with the U.S. Capitol Police to investigate threats to harm or kill public officials wherever those threats originate," said FBI Detroit Field Office Special Agent in Charge Timothy R. Slater. "In this case, the targeted individual was a Senator, but we remain committed to safeguarding the rights of all individuals."

Simmons now faces up to five years in jail, three years supervised release and a $250,000 fine. He'll be sentenced in June in federal court.