A federal grand jury has indicted Arthur Ray Hanson II, an Alabama man, for allegedly threatening Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat and District Attorney Fani Willis in Georgia. The threats were made in relation to their involvement in former President Trump’s criminal case. Hanson, 59, faces two counts of transmitting interstate threats, according to an unsealed indictment.
Prosecutors claim that Hanson left voicemails on August 6, accusing the officials of engaging in a conspiracy to keep Trump in power following the 2020 election. In one of the voicemails, Hanson allegedly warned Labat that he would “get hurt real bad,” while also cautioning Willis to “watch it when you’re going to the car at night.”
The threats were made just days before Willis announced the indictment of former President Trump. Trump is facing four criminal indictments, to which he has pleaded not guilty. Hanson allegedly stated, “When you charge Trump on that fourth indictment, anytime you’re alone, be looking over your shoulder.”
Threats have been a recurring issue in Trump’s highly publicized cases. In response to his indictment in Georgia, there have been directed threats against Willis and other Fulton County officials. The addresses of the grand jurors who voted to charge Trump were even posted on a right-wing forum. As a result, the judge overseeing Trump’s case granted a motion for their protection.
Hanson made his initial court appearance in Huntsville, Alabama, and is scheduled to be arraigned in Atlanta on November 13. The court’s docket does not yet list an attorney for Hanson. Each count of transmitting interstate threats carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment.
U.S. Attorney Ryan Buchanan condemned the act, stating, “Sending interstate threats to physically harm prosecutors and law enforcement officers is a vile act intended to interfere with the administration of justice and intimidate individuals who accept a solemn duty to protect and safeguard the rights of citizens.”