Mistrial for Man Who Allegedly Threatened GOP Rep’s Kids

A mistrial was declared Thursday in the case of a man from Stuart, Florida, who was charged last year for threatening to kill Rep. Brian Mast’s children over the Trump administration’s family separation immigration policy.

Laurence Key, 68, is charged with one count of communicating a threat to kidnap or injure a person. But the trial that began Monday in Miami was declared a mistrial after the jury was hung, TCPalm reported, citing court documents and a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida.

Key was arrested in June 2018 after allegedly making a threatening call to Mast’s Washington office. He had been calling Florida congressional and Senate offices all day, he told authorities, comparing the Trump administration to the Nazi regime in Germany in the 1930s.

“I’m going to find the congressman’s kids and kill them,” Key is accused of telling an intern for the Florida Republican at the time who answered the phone. “If you’re going to separate kids at the border, I’m going to kill his kids. Don’t try to find me because you won’t.”

Read more at Roll Call.

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