Attorneys for a Queens man convicted of making on-line threats to kill distinguished Democratic Home members and Senators argued that he’s not a risk to society, providing as proof a comic book e-book featuring convicted intercourse trafficker R. Kelly that he drew whereas behind bars.
Brendan Hunt, 37, a former court worker from Ridgewood, was discovered responsible in federal court again in April of lodging a number of violent threats on-line earlier than and within the days after the Jan. 6 coup try on Capitol Hill, focusing on the likes of Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer and Queens/Bronx Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Hunt faces up to 5 years behind bars, however in a memo submitted to the U.S. Japanese District Court in Brooklyn upfront of his scheduled Nov. 22 sentencing, his authorized workforce argued that he deserves leniency, claiming that he’s “a very different man today than the one who posted the ‘Kill Your Senators’ video and took it down a few hours later.”
That video, which federal prosecutors mentioned was considered greater than 500 instances earlier than it was taken offline, was posted two days after the Jan. 6 riot, and sought additional acts of violence on Jan. 20, the date of President Biden’s inauguration.
However in supporting their declare that Hunt has turned over a brand new leaf, attorneys Jan Rostal and Leticia Olivera of the Federal Defenders submitted comedian strips that he drew whereas incarcerated on the Metropolitan Detention Heart in Brooklyn.
Featuring R. Kelly, who was convicted in Might on federal intercourse crimes prices, the “Prison Comics” depicts Hunt and the disgraced rap star understanding and doing yoga whereas serving as bunkmates.
“These are comics and intended to be light,” they wrote. “But we think they capture something more profound about the humanizing communality that can be found even in the most dehumanizing conditions.”
Hunt’s attorneys claimed that the defendant’s 10 months on the MDC served to rework Hunt “not unlike someone at a boot camp,” including that “he learned to normalize and adjust to the widely publicized injustices and mistreatment of inmates at MDC Brooklyn” whereas additionally studying “to look down, not ask questions, accept his subservience.”
Federal prosecutors, nonetheless, are neither amused by Hunt’s comics nor impressed by his attorneys’ claims of atonement.
In their very own sentencing memorandum, the federal government argued that Hunt’s personal testimony at his trial, by which he tried “to dismiss his vivid and violent threats against Members of Congress as mere ‘clickbait’ demonstrates that a substantial term of imprisonment is necessary to impress upon the defendant the seriousness of his offense.”
Prosecutors mentioned that Hunt’s prior historical past — together with a Fb publish made in December 2020 by which he threatened to stab his cousin’s little one as a result of that cousin unfriended him; and one other publish that month by which he allegedly known as on Trump to search “actual revenge on democrats” (sic) and to “maintain a public execution of pelosi, aoc, schumer and so forth. (sic) — demonstrates a severe threat of recidivism.
“The defendant’s history of defiant behavior and demonstrated inability to control his anger indicate that he is a higher risk to re-offend,” prosecutors mentioned, “and that a substantial term of imprisonment is warranted to afford adequate deterrence to criminal conduct and to protect the public from further crimes of the defendant.”