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Steuben Co. man pleads guilty to threatening congresswoman, illegally owning guns

A Steuben County man has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill U.S. Congress member Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

Patrick Carlineo, 55, pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to assault and murder a United States official and being a felon in possession of firearms.

In March 2019, Carlineo called Omar’s office in Washington, D.C., during which he asked the staff member who answered the phone whether the individual worked for the Muslim Brotherhood. He also referred to Omar as a “(expletive) terrorist” and said, “Somebody ought to put a bullet in her skull. Back in the day, our forefathers would have put a bullet in her (expletive).”

In April, investigators found a handgun, two shotguns, three rifles and ammunition in his Addison home. Carlineo was convicted of a felony in 1998 and is not allowed to own guns.

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