Published March 29, 2010
A Philadelphia man was charged Monday with threatening to kill House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, a week after the Virginia Republican said his campaign office was shot at in the aftermath of the health care bill passing Congress.
Local reports said the bullet that shattered a window at Cantor's office last week turned out to be a stray that had been fired into the air -- but the federal charges filed Monday detailed how Cantor was allegedly threatened in an apparently separate incident.
Norman Leboon, 38, was charged after he allegedly recorded and posted on YouTube a video in which he threatened to kill the congressman and his family.
"My Congressman Eric Cantor, and you and your cupcake evil wife," the video said, according to the complaint. "Remember Eric ... our judgment time, the final Yom Kippur has been given. You are a liar, you're a Lucifer, you're a pig, a greedy f---ing pig, you're an abomination, you receive my bullets in your office, remember they will be placed in your heads. You and your children are Lucifer's abominations."
Cantor's office released a statement saying he was notified of the threat over the weekend and that he was "deeply grateful" to law enforcement for their help.
"Law enforcement officials informed Congressman Cantor that the threat was determined as credible and they were responding accordingly. The congressman was later notified that an arrest was made and a suspect was in custody," the statement said.
According to the complaint, Leboon told the FBI that he made the threatening video, which has been taken down, using the camera on his cell phone. He told authorities he's made 2,000 videos threatening people. He said he made the video early last week, though it's unclear whether it had anything to do with the passage of the health care bill last Sunday.
The health care vote triggered a slew of threatening voicemails and faxes toward congressional lawmakers, most of whom were House Democrats.
The charges for Leboon carry a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum fine of $500,000.