California man gets home detention in Maxine Waters threat

July 16, 2018 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles man who threatened to kill Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters in a profanity-laced voicemail was sentenced Monday to six months of home detention.

Anthony Scott Lloyd, 45, also was sentenced in federal court in Los Angeles to three years of probation and 100 hours of community service.

Lloyd pleaded guilty in April to threatening a U.S. official. He told the FBI he was upset with Waters for comments criticizing President Donald Trump on a talk-radio show.

“If you continue to make threats toward the president, you’re going to wind up dead, Maxine, ‘cause we’ll kill you,” Lloyd said in a voicemail to Waters’ office last October, according to an affidavit filed in court written by the FBI.

Lloyd also used a racial slur against Waters, who’s black, and a homophobic remark in the voicemail, according to the affidavit.

Waters said in a letter ahead of sentencing that a lenient sentence for Lloyd would only embolden others to engage in similar conduct and may endanger the community.

“Given the political climate of our country in which passions are inflamed across the political spectrum, I believe we must have effective deterrents within the legal system to discourage threats of violence and intimidation against elected officials,” Waters wrote.