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Huntsville Man Indicted for Threats Against Georgia Officials

A.W. Naves
Arthur Ray Hanson IIPhoto byShelby County Sheriff's Office

Huntsville resident, Arthur Ray Hanson II, 59, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Atlanta for allegedly making threats against Fulton County, Georgia officials associated with an ongoing case against former President, Donald Trump.

It is expected that Trump’s alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 U.S. presidential election will begin next year.

Hanson made his first appearance before a federal magistrate judge in Huntsville, Alabama, on Monday. He was formally charged and released on a $5,000 appearance bond. He will be arraigned in Atlanta on November 13.

Hanson is charged with transmitting interstate threats against Fulton County Sheriff Patrick Labat and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. An arrest warrant was issued for Hanson on Oct. 26, but the indictment wasn’t unsealed until the following Monday.

Hanson is accused of calling the Fulton County government phone lines on August 6, 2023, two times. Prosecutors say that each time he left a voicemail, one was directed at Labat and the other was meant for Willis.

The message for Labat included the following statements:

“If you think you gonna take a mugshot of my President Donald Trump and it’s gonna be ok, you gonna find out that after you take that mugshot, some bad [expletive]’s probably gonna happen to you.”
“If you take a mugshot of the President and you’re the reason it happened, some bad [expletive]’s gonna happen to you.”
“I’m warning you right now before you [expletive] up your life and get hurt real bad.”
“Whether you got a [expletive] badge or not ain’t gonna help you none.”
“You gonna get [expletive]ed up you keep [expletive]ing with my President.”

Hanson’s message to Willis included:

"Watch it when you’re going to the car at night, when you’re going into your house, watch everywhere that you’re going."
"I would be very afraid if I were you because you can’t be around people all the time that are going to protect you."
"There’s gonna be moments when you’re gonna be vulnerable."
"When you charge Trump on that fourth indictment, anytime you’re alone, be looking over your shoulder."
"What you put out there, [expletive], comes back at you ten times harder, and don’t ever forget it."

A statement from Keri Farley, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta has pointed out just how serious such threats can be:

"Threats against public servants are not only illegal but also a threat against our democratic process. The FBI's mission is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution. We take this responsibility very seriously and seek to punish those who engage in this type of criminal behavior, and to send the message that such conduct will not be tolerated."

In a recent statement, Willis indicated that she continues to receive numerous death threats for the pending prosecution of Trump and his associates allegedly involved in an illegal attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

Fulton County Sheriff Labat thanked the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for their efforts in this case during a statement on Monday:

“Threats of harm were directed towards me and District Attorney Willis for simply doing our job. [We will] continue to serve the citizens of Fulton County with the utmost integrity.”

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