A letter to the mother of a vocal Parkland teen who has taken on the nation’s gun advocates was simple, direct, and especially threatening, authorities say.
“Keep F***ing with the NRA and you will be DOA,” read the message in large, bold letters.
Prosecutors now want to detain Warren Stanley Bond, 78, of Sunrise, on a federal charge of sending the threatening letter in the mail to the mother of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School activist David Hogg. In the aftermath of the February mass shooting at the school, Hogg joined other students in a nationwide movement calling for stricter gun-control laws.
Hogg’s mother, identified as “R.B.” in court records, received the letter on June 25.
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A federal grand jury charged Bond with “knowingly and willfully” using the U.S. Postal Service to send the undated letter on or about June 22. The letter contained “a threat to injure the person of R.B. and of another,” according to an indictment.
R.B. is Rebecca Boldrick, Hogg’s mother.
The indictment was filed in Fort Lauderdale federal court on Dec. 13, and Bond was arrested Thursday on a felony charge that could lead to five years in a prison and a $250,000 fine. Bond is being held until a hearing on his legal representation, detention, and arraignment on Dec. 27.
Hogg, 18, catapulted to national attention along with several fellow Stoneman Douglas students after the mass shooting at his school on Valentine’s Day. Former Stoneman Douglas student Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been charged with killing 17 students and staff and injuring 17 others.
On Friday, Hogg sent a tweet to his 910,000 Twitter followers: “The laws that the Students from Parkland got passed last February just saved the life of everyone in my family. Gun laws work.”
Hogg also sent a tweet directed at syndicated radio host Dana Loesch, a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association, that read, “this is what happens when the leadership of your organization (@TedNugent) calls for violence against individuals who have different opinions.”
The rock musician is an NRA member who has used shock-language to advocate for gun rights.
When Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies and U.S. Postal Inspection agents first interviewed Bond at his home in November, he initially said he did not remember mailing the letter, according to a statement filed by federal prosecutor Robert Juman. But then he eventually admitted mailing it, saying: “I don’t agree with all the people in that school.”
When asked which school he was referring to, Bond said Stoneman Douglas. Investigators then showed Bond a photocopy of the threatening letter, and he said: “If I see her face to face, I would tell her the same thing.”
When asked what he meant by the phrase “DOA,” he said at first that he did not know what it meant, but then nodded in agreement when investigators said the average person would construe it to mean “Dead on Arrival.”
In the prosecutor’s statement, filed to seek Bond’s detention, he said he did not put an address on the envelope because he wanted to remain anonymous. He admitted he printed the letter on the printer at his home office.
“At no point during the interview did Bond express any remorse or concern for how the letter was perceived by the recipient,” the statement read.
Bond also acknowledged that he owned a Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun, which BSO deputies took from him after executing a risk protection order.
During questioning, Bond admitted that he had sent a letter to the Democratic Party of Broward County. In the letter, he praised the actions of an Aventura man who is accused of carrying out a mail-bomb campaign against prominent Democratic politicians and donors across the country. Cesar Sayoc, 56, whose van was a rolling billboard heralding President Donald Trump and lambasting his critics, was arrested in late October and eventually charged with federal crimes. He awaits trial in New York. None of the bombs exploded.
Investigators checked with the Democratic Party in Broward and confirmed that the organization received a letter dated Oct. 26, which was signed by Bond. The letter read: “I salute the decisions of Mr. Cesar Sayoc. I will contribute to his defense in any way possible. I wish he had been more successful.”