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Net neutrality backer threatened FCC-chief of the children, authorities say

Markara Man, 33, (not shown) is arrested for threatening the children of the Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai (pictured above), authorities said.

(Associated Press)

A Southern California man who allegedly angry about the repeal of net neutrality regulations was arrested in Los Angeles on Friday after making a threat against the children of the Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, authorities said.

The suspect, identified as Markara Man, 33, admitted to sending three threatening e-mails to Pai in December 2017, to “scare” the president because of his role in repealing the Obama-era rules, the Ministry of Justice said in a press release.

“I will find your children and I will kill them,” the Man wrote in one of the e-mails according to the court documents. The e-mail also includes a list of the names and addresses of several primary schools in the area, although the Pai children not attending one of them, the officials said.

“I will find your children and I will kill them.”

– Markara Man, accused of sending threatening e-mails

In another message, the Man accused of Pai to be responsible for a child’s suicide. A third message contained a photo of the president and a framed photo with his family, the officials said.

Federal agents traced the e-mails from the Man at home in Norwalk, near Los Angeles, and asked him in May. He confessed to sending the e-mails under the handle “StubbleManliness@gmail.com” because it sounded “harder,” Politico reported, quoting court documents.

Officials instructed Man to write an apology, which was sent to Pai.

“I’m sorry that I’m a threat to your children. That was crossing the line,” he wrote in his message, authorities said.

“I’m sorry that I’m a threat to your children. That was crossing the line.”

– Markara Man, accused of sending threatening e-mails

The Man was charged in federal court in Virginia with threatening to murder a U.S. official, immediate family member with the intent to intimidate or interfere with the official duties. The charges carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Pai and his family were victims of harassment last year, when protesters stood outside their house and put up signs with his children, the names of those, who read: “They will come to know the truth. Father killed Democracy in cold blood, ” the Hill reported.

The president was also forced to cancel a January talk at a Las Vegas tech event following reported security concerns.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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