A federal grand jury in Baltimore has indicted a Texasman for sending a threatening message to a Maryland physician.
The indictment was unsealed today after Scott Eli Harris, 51, from Aubrey (Texas), was arrested. He is due to make his first appearance in U.S. District Court, Plano, Texas on Wednesday, October 13,.
Harris is charged with one count of willfully transmitting interstate commerce a danger to injure another. It claims that Harris sent a text message to his doctor via his cell phone, threatening to injure another person. Harris was a vocal supporter of the COVID vaccine and included explicit threats such as “Never going take your wonder drug.” “My 12 gauge says I will,” and “… “I can’t wait for it to start.” The message also mentioned the doctor’s nationality and race.
If convicted, Harris faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
The indictment was made public by U.S. Attorney Erek Barron for Maryland, Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and Thomas J. Sobocinski, Special Agent in Charge at the FBI Baltimore Field Office.
This case was investigated and prosecuted by the FBI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. attorney P. Michael Cunningham of District of Maryland and Trial Lawyer Katherine G. DeVar of Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. An indictment is a formal accusation or evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.