Orlando, Florida– United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return of an indictment charging James Lapin (34, Ormond Beach) with threatening to assault and murder an elected member of the United States House of Representatives. If convicted, Lapin faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.
According to the indictment, on or about December 20, 2019, Lapin threatened to assault and murder an elected Representative of the United States House of Representatives (“Member of Congress”) by sending a communication to the Member of Congress’s District of Columbia office. The communication contained a threat to injure the congressional member, specifically indicating that the individual needed to wear a “bullet proof [vest]” and that the Member of Congress would be “dead.”
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the United States Capitol Police, with assistance from the Ormond Beach Police Department and the United States Marshals Service. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sean P. Shecter.