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Man pleads guilty to making 12,000 harassing calls to Congress members

A Queens man pleaded guilty Thursday to threatening to kill a congressional aide and to making more than 12,000 harassing phone calls to members of Congress over an 18-month period in 2022 and 2023, federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C. announced.

Ade Salim Lilly, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of making interstate communications with a threat to kidnap or injure, punishable by up to five years in prison, and making repeated telephone calls, which carries up to a two-year prison term. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 28 in Washington before U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly.

"Threatening another person's safety or life is a crime, not protected speech," Matthew Graves, the U.S. attorney for D.C., said in a statement. "This case should send a clear message that while people are secure in their rights to express themselves, they are not allowed to threaten people and those who do will be held accountable."


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