Man from Montana sentenced to prison for leaving threatening voicemails for Senator Tester

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Montana Man Sentenced for Threats Against Senator

A Montana resident, Anthony James Cross, 30, from Billings, has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for leaving threatening voicemail messages aimed at Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Tester and his family.

Guilty Plea and Sentencing Details

Cross pleaded guilty in January to charges of making threats to injure and murder a U.S. senator. U.S. District Court Judge Susan Watters approved a plea deal that specifically addressed the threats against Senator Tester, while dismissing a separate charge related to President Joe Biden.

Public Officials Threats on the Rise

Incidents of threats against public officials in the United States have seen a concerning increase in recent years. These threats extend to members of Congress, their spouses, election workers, and local elected representatives.

Previous Case in Montana

In a similar case from Montana, Kevin Patrick Smith of Kalispell was also sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison in August 2023 for threatening Senator Tester. Smith had left threatening voicemails at the senator’s office in Kalispell.

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