Pennsylvania Man Indicted for Allegedly Threatening to Kill U.S. Congressman

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HARRISBURG, PA — Robert Lee Ingalls, Jr., a 61-year-old resident of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of sending threatening communications via interstate transmission. The announcement came on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, from United States Attorne’s Office.

It is alleged that Ingalls left two threatening voicemail messages on November 6, 2023, on the main congressional office answering system in Washington, D.C. According to Attorney Karam, Ingalls specifically threatened to kill a specifically identified United States Congressman in both voicemail messages. It was determined that Ingalls made these calls from his cell phone while he was in Hampden Township, Cumberland County.

Ingalls was charged by criminal complaint and arrested on November 10, 2023. He appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Daryl F. Bloom on November 13, 2023, and was ordered to be held in pretrial detention pending action by a federal grand jury.

The case was investigated by the United States Capitol Police, with assistance locally from the Fairview Township Police Department and the York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney William Behe is prosecuting the case.

If found guilty, Ingalls faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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