Abigail Jo Shry of Alvin, Texas, is set to go on trial today for allegedly threatening federal judge Judge Chutkan, who is overseeing the Washington, D.C., case against former President Donald Trump. Shry is accused of leaving a racist and threatening message on the judge’s voicemail. The call also targeted Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who is currently running for mayor of Houston. The trial will take place in a federal court in Houston, where a jury will be selected and sworn in.
Prosecutors claim that on August 5, 2023, Shry called Judge Chutkan’s chambers and made threats, including expressing a desire to kill anyone who went after former President Trump and targeting Sheila Jackson Lee. The call contained highly racist and threatening language. Shry admitted to making the call during questioning by special agents three days later. She stated that she had no plans to carry out the threats.
Judge Sam Sheldon denied bail for Shry, citing the weight of evidence, her prior criminal history, lack of stable residence and employment, and history of substance abuse. Shry has been charged four times in the past year for similar conduct, including other threatening phone calls. Her father testified that she has a drinking and news consumption problem, becoming agitated by the news and making threatening calls.
Shry faces charges of transmitting a threat to injure another person across state lines, which carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.