Eduard Florea, who applied to be a member of the right-wing group Proud Boys but apparently never heard back, was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison this Thursday in relation to charges that he threatened Sen. Raphael Warnock, saying the senator-elect would be “swinging with the f—ing fish,” according to a press release from the Department of Justice.
Florea, 41, who is from Queens, New York, planned to travel to D.C. on Jan. 6 but reportedly could not find a ride.
“The defendant faces serious consequences for threatening the life of United States Senator Raphael Warnock as part of his effort to foment violence at the Capitol on January 6, 2021 in connection with attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election,” said Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Breon Peace.
Florea made multiple posts to Telegram the evening before the Capitol riot.
“We need to all come to an agreement…and go armed…and really take back Washington,” he wrote.
“Tomorrow may very [well] be the day war kicks off,” he wrote in another post.
“Warnock is going to have a hard time casting votes for communist policies when he’s swinging with the f–king fish,” he wrote just before midnight, referring to the Georgia Democrat.
“Dead men can’t pass s–t laws.”
Florea surrendered to the FBI on Jan. 12 in a raid that was caught on video showing an FBI tank rolling down his Middle Village street. He also pleaded guilty to illegal possession of ammunition after investigators found a stash of more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition.