An alleged Neo-Nazi sympathizer from Cochran was sentenced to 30 months in prison Thursday after he pleaded guilty to calling the Washington D.C. office of U.S Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and threatening violence.
A 7-page criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia in October 2017 details the extent of the death threats Jason Kenneth Bell made against Scott.
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The complaint alleged Bell called Scott’s office on Oct. 23, 2017, and said, “I am going to kill that mother******.”
The documents say Bell told an office staffer that he called about Scott’s stance on Neo-Nazis and criticized Scott’s meeting with Trump to discuss Trump’s remarks about the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
When the staffer asked what Bell wanted to tell Scott, he said, “Yeah he is an ignorant mother******, *******, I can’t stand that mother******. Saying that Neo-Nazi and white people are the problem. I am going to kill that mother******.”
The court filings say that Bell called Scott’s office and left 10 voicemails following the death threat.
The documents also claim that Bell has a history of threatening phone calls. They say:
- He was the subject of several FBI threat assessments because of threatening phone calls to the NAACP, local news stations, and various congressmen.
- In the calls, Bell praised convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof and threatened to kill himself
- In August 2017, Capitol Police asked law enforcement in Cochran to do a welfare check at the home where Bell and his mother live on Antioch Road. They also reported receiving a phone call about a domestic disturbance earlier this summer.
- Capitol Police also contacted Bell directly to discuss the phone calls, and he told them he was not violent and was trying to have a conversation.
Bell was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office in March 2017 after calls he made to the CNN office in Atlanta.
After Bell is released from prison, he will be placed on probation for a year and he will be prohibited from contacting the offices of Schumer and Scott or any members of their staff.