College student charged with threatening to kill member of Congress for ‘coming for the gays’

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A New Hampshire college student appeared in court Monday on charges of threatening to kill a member of Congress after authorities say he made a drunken phone call warning he would retaliate against the lawmaker for “coming for the gays.”

Allen B. Poller admitted to authorities he made the call to a congressional office in Washington, D.C., according to court documents.

The call came in at 12:20 a.m. Wednesday. 

Mr. Poller told police he was drunk and “emotional” at the time, but insisted he didn’t actually mean the threat.

The lawmaker wasn’t named in the court documents.

Mr. Poller is a student at Keene State College. His hometown is Springfield, Vermont.

According to the FBI affidavit filed in the case, he called and got a voicemail, where he left his name — including the spelling and his phone number.

He then launched into his threat.

“I guarantee you, you do not want to [expletive] with us. We will kill you if that’s what it takes. I will take a bullet to your [expletive] head if you [expletive] with my rights anymore,” he said, according to the FBI document. “And then if you want to keep going down that path, you know who’s next.”

He said he was upset about the lawmaker “coming for the gays” and vowed, “we’re gonna strike back.”

A magistrate judge ordered as part of Mr. Poller’s pretrial release that he not consume alcohol.

The Washington Times has reached out to Mr. Poller’s lawyer for this story.

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