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Veteran convicted of threatening congressman, his staff

October 11, 2018

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A veteran has been convicted of threatening a New Jersey congressman and his staff after reaching out to them for help with his medical treatment from the government.

Federal prosecutors say Joseph Brodie threatened to assault and kill Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondo in September 2017. The threats were made via telephone and email to LoBiondo’s office in which Brodie demanded a “face-to-face” meeting and noted how easy it would be to find the congressman’s Mays Landing office.

Brodie was initially arrested on weapons charges after state police went to his home to do a welfare check. They say the 39-year-old Millville man had contacted the lawmaker to complain about a Department of Veterans Affairs clinic.

Brodie could face up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced.

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