BOSTON – A Los Angeles man pleads guilty to threatening to kill journalists of The Boston Globe about the newspaper’s criticism of President Donald Trump, his lawyer said on Monday.
Robert Chain, was arrested in August after authorities say he made a series of calls threatening the life of the World staff in retaliation for the coordinated editorial response to Strengths of the frequent attacks on the news media. He had been scheduled to stand trial in June.
Chain the lawyer said the man plans to plead guilty to all counts against him and “takes full responsibility for his actions.”
“He is anxious to be a full, public apology, expressing its sincere regret to those who he affected,” attorney William Weinreb said in an e-mail.
A plea hearing is scheduled for May 15.
Authorities say Chain the threatening phone calls started after the whole World said in August newspapers across the country, to denounce what it called “the dirty war against the free press.”
The day, hundreds of articles were published in the entire country Chain told a World staff member that he was going to shoot workers in the head at 4 a.m., authorities said. That threat prompted a police response and increased safety in the newspaper offices.
In a number of discussions, the authorities say Chain called Globe staff the “enemy of the people,” a characterization of the journalists that Trump has repeatedly used.
Chain, who is retired from the international sale and trade company, said in 2013 he had not worked in more than 20 years and was suffering from “continuing health problems”, according to court documents filed in a civil case against him over unpaid loans for students.
Chain, of the Encino section of Los Angeles, said at the time that he had a heart attack in 2005 and was receiving Social security benefits.
He was indicted by a grand jury in September on seven counts of use of interstate and foreign trade and to send a threat for injury of another person, for seven threatening phone calls. The cost carries up to five years in prison.
An e-mail is sent on Monday, a spokeswoman of the World.
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