A Staten Island man accused of threatening to murder Biden supporters pleaded guilty Monday to illegally possessing a gun.
Brian Maiorana, 54, was arrested in November after posting intimidating messages on social media calling for the “extermination” of Democrats and referred to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer as the “Jew Senator from New York.”
The feds executed a search warrant at Maiorana’s Staten Island home that month and discovered a handgun, parts for a second gun, ammo, a crossbow and a taser, they said.
But on Monday Maiorana pleaded guilty only to possessing the gun and the ammunition.
“On or about November 10, 2020 on Staten Island in my home I had a firearm and I knew I had a felony conviction,” said Maiorana in a pre-written admittance of guilt that he read from during a Monday court appearance in Brooklyn Federal Court in front of Magistrate Judge Vera Scanlon.
He did not plead guilty to sending interstate threats, which he was initially charged with.
“It‘s come to the point where pipe bombs need to be thrown into these mobs of potentially non violent violent protesters,” Maiorana wrote on Oct. 19, according to the complaint against him.
When it was announced that Joe Biden was the winner of the 2020 presidential election, Maiorana was incensed.
“All right thinking people need to hit the streets while these scumbags are celebrating and start blowing them away,” he posted on social media, according to the feds.
Maiorana’s guilty plea comes as another believer in far-right rhetoric is on trial in Brooklyn Federal Court on similar charges of making threats.
Brendan Hunt, 37, who works for the state court system, is on trial for threatening to kill prominent Democrats like Schumer and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Mairoana, who was also convicted of statutory sexual assault in Pennsylvania in 2007, faces up to 10 years in prison on the felony weapon charge.