A Toledo man has been charged after threatening Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and illegally owning ammunition.
Forty-one-year-old Timothy J. Ireland, Jr. was charged in the U.S. District Court in Toledo last week on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, one count of being a fugitive in possession of a firearm and one count of making interstate threats, according
to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
A private citizen reported one of Ireland’s Facebook posts to the United States Capitol Police (USCP) July 23 for containing threats to a member of Congress. Ireland shared a news story about Ocasio-Cortez and added the comment “She should be shot. Can’t fire me, my employer would load the gun for me,” according
to court records.
Ireland had a criminal record, revealed in an FBI criminal history check. He had two outstanding warrants – a felony warrant from Florida and a misdemeanor warrant from Georgia – and four felony charges of dealing in stolen property while in Florida.
According to court records, Ireland told Lawrence Anyaso, a Special Agent with the USCP, the following during a phone interview Aug. 2:
- He did make the reported statements.
- He was proud of the Facebook post.
- He hunts and has guns for sport.
- He carries his guns concealed.
- Everyone he knows has guns.
USCP searched Ireland’s home in Toledo Aug. 8 and found seven rounds of ammunition. They did not find any firearms. Ireland’s possession of ammunition and statements on Facebook violate U.S. Code articles
and interstate communications
, according to court records.
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