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Kentwood man admits threatening call to Sen. Booker

March 2, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man has pleaded guilty to making a threatening phone call last October to presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey.

In a news release, the FBI says that 52-year-old Rick Simmons of Kentwood entered his plea this week in federal court in which he admitted to leaving a profane voice mail message at Booker’s Camden, N.J. office that included a threat to put a gun into Booker’s face.

When Simmons returns to court on June 5 for sentencing he faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

Booker officially announced last month that he was seeking the Democratic nomination for president.