Kansas man convicted of threatening to kill LaTurner

Jurors found Chase Neill, 32, of Lawrence, guilty of a single count of threatening a U.S. government official.

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January 20, 2023 - 4:33 PM

This booking photo provided by the Shawnee County, Kan., jail shows Chase Neill. On Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, a federal jury convicted Neill after he admitted in court that he threatened to kill U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner. (Shawnee County, Kan., jail via AP)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal court jury convicted a Kansas man who insisted that a death threat he made against U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner was a message from God, amid what authorities have said is a sharp rise in threats against members of Congress and their families.

Jurors found Chase Neill, 32, of Lawrence, guilty of a single count of threatening a U.S. government official. The presiding judge instructed jurors that to find Neill guilty, they had to conclude that a reasonable person would find that he had made a true threat and intended to either intimidate LaTurner or interfere with his work as a Republican congressman representing eastern Kansas.

Neill acted as his own attorney and cross-examined LaTurner on the witness stand Wednesday. Neill testified Thursday that he was a messenger from God and he passed along a message from God threatening LaTurner for ignoring concerns about sorcery, wizards, extraterrestrials and a war for people’s souls.

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