A New York City man who allegedly despatched a whole bunch of on-line threats to 3 Fox News broadcasters and their households has been given a go by federal prosecutors — twice, The Post has discovered.
Jeffrey Rodriguez was arrested in 2021 and charged by the feds in a six-count criticism with cyberstalking and threatening interstate communications for the vile missives, during which he repeatedly mentioned he would kill the anchors and known as them “Nazis,” in keeping with court docket data.
Instead of looking for a trial or plea deal, Manhattan federal prosecutors inked a deferred prosecution settlement with Rodriguez in May, agreeing to not proceed with the case if he adopted a quantity of guidelines for one year, 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 put up on Instagram that tagged one of the victims within the case, Assistant US Attorney Madison Smyser wrote in a letter filed within the case Wednesday.
But relatively than rip up the settlement, prosecutors agreed to let Rodriguez slide, requesting that Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses solely “admonish” and warn him at a convention Thursday.
“You’ve been lucky thus far,” Moses instructed Rodriguez on the listening to, including that the discretion to arrest him lies with the US Attorney’s Office.
“I couldn’t stop her,” Moses mentioned, referring to Smyser, the assistant US legal professional.
The choose instructed Rodriguez that the prosecutor believes his actions have been an aberration, and that he has the power to “get a grip on [the] conduct.”
In transient remarks, Rodriguez mentioned he was off his medicine when he made the Instagram put up earlier this month, however has since “got back on it.”
His legal professional, Neil Kelly, added that he believes Rodriguez’s threats could have been induced or exacerbated by extreme ingesting. Kelly added that his shopper has elevated his psychological well being remedy and has additionally sought group remedy.
Judge Moses ordered Rodriguez be topic to random breathalyzers through the the rest of the time below his deferred prosecution settlement, earlier than sending him on his manner.
“You will not get another chance,” she instructed him earlier than ending the listening to.
A spokesperson for the US Attorney’s Office declined to remark about why the settlement was inked.
From March 2020 to December 2021, Rodriguez allegedly despatched a whole bunch of menacing messages and posts to the broadcasters – and ultimately threatened two of their households and posted details about the place they dwell, in keeping with the criticism towards him.
He threatened to “crack,” “smash” or “split” their skulls and likewise mentioned he would “pop” or “skin” the victims.
Prior 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 towards the primary unnamed broadcaster. It’s unclear how that case was resolved.
Despite the comb with the legislation, Rodriguez “drastically” elevated his threats towards the 2 different information personalities within the months after, in keeping with the federal costs towards him.
“The rate of his posts, comments, and direct messages directed toward Broadcasters – 2 and – 3, as well as the severity of his threats, increased drastically in the months following his arrest,” the criticism states.
“Lmfao. If this albino only knew what I am capable of doing. I would skin a Nazi ALIVE. Don’t think I forgot. Just because you moved away from the mornings doesn’t mean I’m not going to split your top,” one the of the posts reads.
“I plan on doing something after I hit this one with a bottle. The audacity. LMFAO. I know where she lives and where she runs, etc,” Rodriguez allegedly wrote in one other.
“I’m going [to] box cut her across her face, bro.”
One of the unidentified information personalities “suffered great emotional distress,” feared for her life and made adjustments to her and her household’s life, in keeping with the criticism.
A Fox News spokesperson didn’t instantly reply to request for remark. Kelly, Rodriguez’s legal professional, didn’t remark.