HomeState NewsAnthony James Cross, 30, of Billings admits to making threats of murdering...

Anthony James Cross, 30, of Billings admits to making threats of murdering Montana Sen. Jon Tester

Billings, Montana – A Montana man most probably regrets his actions from last year when he openly threatened to kill Montana Sen. Jon Tester. Months before the sentence hearing, the 30-year-old Anthony James Cross from Billings now pleaded guilty following an agreement with federal prosecutors. This took place on Friday last week, and as a result, the Billings man will have one count dropped.

Check also: Billings Police Department shared additional details regarding a crash that left one dead, several injured

Who is Anthony James Cross and when he threatened Montana Sen. Jon Tester

Anthony James Cross, aged 30, admitted his guilt in a federal court last Friday for making threats to harm and end the life of Senator Tester. In a deal with the authorities, the prosecutors decided to not pursue another charge against Cross, which was about threatening to kill President Joe Biden, ahead of his sentencing in May. According to AP, Cross planned to plead guilty since late November.

Initially charged by a federal grand jury in September, Cross was accused of leaving menacing messages for Tester in April, and also expressing a desire to kill Biden.

Recent weeks have brought more information to light about these threats. Court papers reveal that on the morning of April 17, Cross left alarming voicemails at Tester’s offices in both Billings and Washington, D.C. He warned of a terrible death for Tester and his family in one message, and in another, he threatened to eliminate every member of Tester’s family, as stated by the prosecutors.

Check also: Missoula woman is still missing since Dec. 30, the search continues

On April 25, Google alerted the FBI about comments Cross made on his YouTube account, threatening to pursue and kill transgender individuals and Biden. When questioned by the prosecutors, Cross confessed to making both the voicemails and the YouTube comments, as per the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Court documents indicate that Cross and the prosecutors reached this plea agreement at the end of November. Cross changed his plea to guilty at a hearing on Friday, after initially pleading not guilty.

Anthony James Cross faces up to a decade in federal prison

Following the court’s acceptance of this agreement, Cross now faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine that could be as high as $250,000, and a three-year period of supervised release, for the charge of threatening to harm or kill a U.S. senator.

Cross’s sentencing is scheduled for May 1. He will be held by the U.S. Marshals Service until that date.

Check also: Bozeman secured millions in grants for citywide improvement projects

In a related case, a man from Kalispell was given a prison sentence of almost three years last August for threatening to kill Tester in a phone call made in January.

Latest

Wells Fargo and Federal Home Loan Bank grant boosts Habitat for Humanity’s East Helena initiative

Helena, Montana - Habitat for Humanity has received a...

Missoula police detain woman after Saturday hit-and-run incident on North Reserve Street

Missoula, Montana - On Saturday morning, the Missoula Police...

Helena School Board votes not to renew contracts for 52 non-tenured teachers

Helena, Montana - On Tuesday evening, the Helena School...

Newsletter

From the web

Wells Fargo and Federal Home Loan Bank grant boosts Habitat for Humanity’s East Helena initiative

Helena, Montana - Habitat for Humanity has received a...

Missoula police detain woman after Saturday hit-and-run incident on North Reserve Street

Missoula, Montana - On Saturday morning, the Missoula Police...

Helena School Board votes not to renew contracts for 52 non-tenured teachers

Helena, Montana - On Tuesday evening, the Helena School...

Allegiant Air launches new seasonal nonstop flights from Missoula

Missoula, Montana - On May 17, 2024, Allegiant Air...

Wells Fargo and Federal Home Loan Bank grant boosts Habitat for Humanity’s East Helena initiative

Helena, Montana - Habitat for Humanity has received a $100,000 grant which will be used to advance their housing project in East Helena. Jacob...

Missoula’s Providence St. Patrick Hospital chosen for global APOLLO research trial on mitral valve replacement

Missoula, Montana - Providence St. Patrick Hospital has been selected as one of five global locations to participate in the APOLLO research trial, which...

Missoula police detain woman after Saturday hit-and-run incident on North Reserve Street

Missoula, Montana - On Saturday morning, the Missoula Police Department detained a woman after a hit-and-run incident. The accident took place shortly before 8:00...