Sentencing set for man in retaliation case involving senator

An Aug. 19 sentencing hearing has been scheduled for a Chicago man who pleaded guilty to a federal retaliation charge for leaving a threatening voicemail for a U.S. senator during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings

PHOENIX -- An Aug. 19 sentencing hearing has been scheduled for a Chicago man who pleaded guilty to a federal retaliation charge in Phoenix for leaving a threatening voicemail for a U.S. senator from Arizona during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings.

James Dean Blevins made the guilty plea in March.

Authorities say Blevins threatened an official identified only as "United States Senator J.F."

They have declined to provide the victim's full name, but then-Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona was the only senator with those initials.

Flake ultimately voted for Kavanaugh's nomination.