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Date: 05-02-2023

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United States of America v. Robert Maverick Vargo

Case Number: 3:22-cr-00366

Judge: Juan R. Sanchez

Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (Lackawanna County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Scranton

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Description: Scranton, Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant who was charged with threatening a congressman, a federal judge, and the President of the United States.

In October of 2022, Robert Maverick Vargo, age 26, mailed a letter to United States Representative Bennie Thompson, threatening to kill him, his family, President Joseph Biden, and United States District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani. Vargo mailed the letter from Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania to Congressman Thompson in Washington, D.C., with intent to intimidate and interfere with Congressman Thompson’s official duties. Congressman Thompson is the Chair of the Committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the United States Capitol Complex. Vargo cited Thompson’s role as Chairman of that committee in making his threats. Vargo also invoked the name of domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh, who bombed the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995.

Judge Sanchez noted Vargo’s lengthy criminal history and the disturbing nature of the threats in imposing the 37-month sentence. Upon release from prison, Vargo must serve three years on federal supervised release. Vargo’s federal sentence will begin after he finishes serving a three to six year term in state prison for a 2022 escape conviction.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Capitol Police, Protective Service Bureau and the Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenny P. Roberts prosecuted the case.

Outcome: Defendant is committed to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a total term of thirty-seven (37) months. Supervised Release for 3 years. No fine Imposed. Special Assessment of $100 due immediately.

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