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Lafayette man behind bars for threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins

LAFAYETTE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - A Lafayette man pleaded guilty to making "threatening communications" against U.S. Representative Clay Higgins on Thursday.

60-year-old Sohail Rana was charged on one count of threats by interstate communications. 

According to a news release, Rana called Higgins’ Lafayette office on July 17, 2017 while in Colorado and spoke to his district director.  

Rana was described as being irate, cursing and screaming during the call.  He said that he would end Higgins’ career and kill Higgins.  

The district director noted the phone number and reported the call within minutes to his chief of staff in Washington, D.C.  Rana also made five subsequent calls that day with no additional threats.  

Rana took no steps toward following through on the original threat.  The phone number used to call the office was traced to Rana’s cell phone, and he was later arrested in Colorado.

Rana now faces up to five years in prison, one year of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

His court sentencing is set for October 9, 2018.


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