Man who threatened U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sentenced on weapons charge

Posted at 7:37 AM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 07:37:22-05

TOLEDO, Ohio -- An Ohio man who made an online threat against U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been sentenced to time served on a weapons charge.

Timothy Ireland, of Toledo, was arrested in August after U.S. Capitol Police received a tip that he made a Facebook post saying Ocasio-Cortez “should be shot.” When a special agent called Ireland, he admitted posting the statement about the New York Democrat and said he was very proud of it, according to an affidavit in the case.

Agents from the U.S. Capitol Police and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched Ireland’s home and found seven rounds of ammunition, according to court records. He admitted owning the ammunition and pleaded guilty in November to being a felon in possession of ammunition.

The 42-year-old will be on supervised release for three years.