Lincoln man pleads guilty to telling election official: ‘Do you feel safe? You shouldn’t’

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A Lincoln man pleaded guilty on Thursday for making threatening posts toward an election official over Instagram.

According to court documents, Travis Ford, 42, made multiple threats to the official throughout August.

Threats included statements such as: “Do you feel safe? You shouldn’t. Do you think Soros will/can protect you?” and “Your security detail is far too thin and incompetent to protect you. This world is unpredictable these days….anything can happen to anyone.”

Ford also posted similar messages on Instagram pages associated with the president and with another public figure.

“The Justice Department will not tolerate illegal threats of violence against public officials,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said. “Threats of violence against election officials are dangerous for people’s safety and dangerous for our democracy, and we will use every resource at our disposal to disrupt and investigate those threats and hold perpetrators accountable.”

Ford is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 6 and could face up to two years in prison.

A federal judge will consider U.S. sentencing guidelines to determine any additional penalty.

The FBI’s Denver office is investigating the case with the help of the Omaha office.

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