Man convicted of threats against Obama, Rep. Waters

Federal prosecutors say a central New York man faces up to 20 years in prison for phone calls threatening to kill California Congresswoman Maxine Waters and former President Barack Obama

According to Syracuse.com , a jury convicted Stephen Taubert on Wednesday.

The charges stemmed from phone calls, including racial slurs, that he made to Democratic Congressional offices.

In 2018, Taubert called Waters' Los Angeles office and said he was going to kill the congresswoman and every member of her staff.

The jury concluded Taubert targeted Obama and Waters because they are black. That means the judge can consider Taubert's offenses to be hate crimes when he is sentenced in July.

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Information from: The Post-Standard, http://www.syracuse.com