A 19-year-old Maryland man is accused of threatening to kill prominent liberal U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris and of threatening to harm attendees at the D.C. “March for Our Lives” gun control rally, court documents show. Nicholas Bukoski, of Crofton, Maryland, was indicted on several federal charges in April while already behind bars on state charges. Bukoski is accused in separate cases of an armed robbery at a convenience store and of an arson spree in Anne Arundel County, according to court records.
Nick Bukoski has been in jail without bail since April on the Maryland state charges and could face decades in prison if convicted of those crimes. He could also face several years in federal prison on the threat charges. The case against Bukoski was unsealed on June 8 after Bukoski made his first federal court appearance. He was processed and returned to the Anne Arundel County jail. The federal charges were first made public by Politico.
Here’s what you need to know about Nicholas “Nick” Bukoski:
1. Bukoski Was Charged With 2 Counts ofThreatening to Murder a Federal Official
Nicholas Edward Bukoski.
Nicholas Bukoski was indicted on five felony charges on April 11, including two counts of threatening to murder a member of Congress and three counts of transmitting threats in interstate commerce. The indictment names the targets of the murder threats as Senator Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, and Senator Kamala Harris, of California, who are both prominent liberals who could be presidential candidates in 2020. The indictment also accuses Bukoski of communicating a threat “to injure the person of another, namely to injure participants in the ‘March for Our Lives’ demonstration in support of stricter gun laws, with the knowledge that the communication would be viewed as a threat.”
The March for Our Lives rally was held March 24 in Washington, D.C. and was attended by thousands. The indictment does not provide details about the threats, including where and when they were made and what was said. The indictment had been sealed until Bukoski was taken into custody by federal agents. He was being held in state jail at the time, but prosecutors argued in a court filing that if the warrant was released before his arrest, it could complicate their efforts to take him into custody.
Once the bench warrant issues, law enforcement will begin to investigate ways in which to secure the arrest of the defendant. The public disclosure of this Indictment at this time
could jeopardize future plans to secure the Defendant’s arrest, because such disclosure could result in alerting the defendant of the warrant. Concern for the need to apprehend the defendant
constitutes a legitimate prosecutorial reason, and thus an appropriate basis, for an Order sealing the Indictment and Bench Warrant,” U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu wrote.
Bukoski was taken into custody on June 8 and transported to D.C. He made his first court appearance that same day before Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather and the case was unsealed. According to court records, Bukoski was transferred …read more