Man accused of threatening Cantor & family

Glendon Swift
Glendon Swift

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Meeting the public is part of the job and criticism to a public official is nothing new, but threatening to harm the family of one comes with very serious charges.

62-year-old Glendon Swift of Lenoir City, Tennessee is charged with threatening the immediate family of a U.S. official. According to an affidavit, the threat came a week ago in the form of a voicemail message...Swift is screaming, swearing, saying he was going to destroy Cantor, rape his daughter and kill his wife.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Swift left two voice mail messages at Cantor's office in Glen Allen. Each message is about 2 and a half minutes long. One of Cantor's staff members retrieved the messages then alerted the U.S. capitol police...that's when the FBI got involved to locate Swift in Tennessee.

The affidavit states Swift was arrested at his home. FBI agents played the messages to him and he confessed he did make the calls. Swift however claimed he was drunk and claims he remembers cussing, but doesn't remember threatening.

If convicted of threatening to assault or murder a U.S. official and family, Swift faces up to 10 years in prison. 

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