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Man pleads guilty to threatening Cantor

A Tennessee man charged with making threatening telephone calls to Rep. Eric Cantor’s office has pleaded guilty.

Glendon Swift, 62, of Lenoir City, TN, was accused of calling Cantor’s office in Glen Allen on the night of Oct. 27. According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s office, the “screaming, profanity-laden messages allegedly stated that the caller was going to destroy Rep. Cantor, rape his daughter and kill his wife.”

A staffer heard the messages and called in the U.S. Capitol police, who brought in the FBI. They linked Swift to the phone number used to make the call, and he was arrested in November by the FBI in Knoxville.

Swift pleaded guilty in federal court in Tennessee today to threatening a family member of a federal official.  Attorneys are recommending a prison sentence of 13 months, but he’ll be formally sentenced in April.