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Attorney: Man who made threatening calls to Boston Globe will plead guilty

The California man charged for threatening to kill employees of the Boston Globe last year will plead guilty to all counts against him, his attorney said thi...

Posted: Apr 24, 2019 4:10 AM
Updated: Apr 24, 2019 4:11 AM

The California man charged for threatening to kill employees of the Boston Globe last year will plead guilty to all counts against him, his attorney said this week.

Robert D. Chain of Encino, California, was arrested in August after making a number of threatening phone calls to the Globe. He was indicted by a federal grand jury in September on seven counts of use of interstate and foreign commerce to transmit a threat to injury another person.

Chain, 68, made the calls after the Globe issued a call for newspapers across the country to run editorials standing up to President Trump for repeatedly deriding the press as "fake news" and "enemies of the people."

On August 16, the day that the editorials ran in papers from coast-to-coast, Chain called the Globe's newsroom and said "we're going to kill every f***ing one of you," according to court documents.

Chain was to have made at least 14 such phone calls to the Globe between August 10, when the paper announced the nationwide editorial initiative, and August 22.

Following a court appearance in August, Chain said "America was saved when Donald J. Trump was elected president."

But this week, Chain's attorney Bill Weinreb pledged contrition on his client's behalf.

"Mr. Chain intends to plead guilty to all counts in the indictment and take full responsibility for his actions," Weinreb said in a statement. "He is anxious to make a full, public apology, expressing his sincere remorse to those he affected."

Chain faced up to five years in prison for the charges. Weinreb declined to say anything regarding Chain's sentencing. A spokesperson for the United States Attorney's office in Massachusetts said that a Rule 11 hearing for Chain has been scheduled for May 15.

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