A New York Metropolis man who allegedly despatched tons of of on-line threats to 3 Fox Information broadcasters and their households has been given a move by federal prosecutors — twice, The Put up has discovered.
Jeffrey Rodriguez was arrested in 2021 and charged by the feds in a six-count grievance with cyberstalking and threatening interstate communications for the vile missives, wherein he repeatedly mentioned he would kill the anchors and referred to as them “Nazis,” in response to court docket information.
As a substitute of looking for a trial or plea deal, Manhattan federal prosecutors inked a deferred prosecution settlement with Rodriguez in Could, agreeing to not proceed with the case if he adopted a lot of guidelines for one yr, together with making no social media posts about anybody who works on the community. The settlement additionally requires him to take part in psychological well being remedy.
Rodriguez violated the phrases earlier this month with a publish on Instagram that tagged one of many victims within the case, Assistant US Legal professional Madison Smyser wrote in a letter filed within the case Wednesday.
However moderately than rip up the settlement, prosecutors agreed to let Rodriguez slide, requesting that Justice of the Peace Choose Barbara Moses solely “admonish” and warn him at a convention Thursday.
“You’ve been fortunate so far,” Moses instructed Rodriguez on the listening to, including that the discretion to arrest him lies with the US Legal professional’s Workplace.
“I couldn’t cease her,” Moses mentioned, referring to Smyser, the assistant US legal professional.
The decide instructed Rodriguez that the prosecutor believes his actions had been an aberration, and that he has the flexibility to “get a grip on [the] conduct.”
Briefly remarks, Rodriguez mentioned he was off his remedy when he made the Instagram publish earlier this month, however has since “acquired again on it.”
His legal professional, Neil Kelly, added that he believes Rodriguez’s threats could have been prompted or exacerbated by extreme ingesting. Kelly added that his consumer has elevated his psychological well being remedy and has additionally sought group remedy.
Choose Moses ordered Rodriguez be topic to random breathalyzers throughout the the rest of the time underneath his deferred prosecution settlement, earlier than sending him on his manner.
“You’ll not get one other probability,” she instructed him earlier than ending the listening to.
A spokesperson for the US Legal professional’s Workplace declined to remark about why the settlement was inked.
From March 2020 to December 2021, Rodriguez allegedly despatched tons of of menacing messages and posts to the broadcasters – and finally threatened two of their households and posted details about the place they reside, in response to the grievance in opposition to him.
He threatened to “crack,” “smash” or “break up” their skulls and in addition mentioned he would “pop” or “pores and skin” the victims.
Previous to his federal costs, Rodriguez was arrested in January 2021 and later charged in state court docket with stalking and harassment for threats he made in opposition to the primary unnamed broadcaster. It’s unclear how that case was resolved. His state case is sealed, a spokesperson for the Manhattan District Legal professional’s workplace mentioned.
Regardless of the comb with the regulation, Rodriguez “drastically” elevated his threats in opposition to the 2 different information personalities within the months after, in response to the federal costs in opposition to him.
“The speed of his posts, feedback, and direct messages directed towards Broadcasters – 2 and – 3, in addition to the severity of his threats, elevated drastically within the months following his arrest,” the grievance states.
“Lmfao. If this albino solely knew what I’m able to doing. I’d pores and skin a Nazi ALIVE. Don’t suppose I forgot. Simply since you moved away from the mornings doesn’t imply I’m not going to separate your high,” one the of the posts reads.
“I plan on doing one thing after I hit this one with a bottle. The audacity. LMFAO. I do know the place she lives and the place she runs, and so forth,” Rodriguez allegedly wrote in one other.
“I’m going [to] field minimize her throughout her face, bro.”
One of many unidentified information personalities “suffered nice emotional misery,” feared for her life and made modifications to her and her household’s life, in response to the grievance.
A Fox Information spokesperson didn’t instantly reply to request for remark. Kelly, Rodriguez’s legal professional, didn’t remark.