Written by Ashton Snyder on
 May 2, 2024

Montana Resident Sentenced For Threats Against U.S. Senator Tester

Anthony Cross, a 30-year-old from Billings, Montana, received a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for making threatening voicemail messages to Democratic Sen. Jon Tester.

Fox News reported that U.S. District Court Judge Susan Watters, presiding over the Montana case, accepted a plea agreement for Cross, 30, who resides in Billings.

This agreement included dismissing a separate charge concerning threats made against President Joe Biden.

Increasing Trend of Threats to Public Officials

Cross's threats were part of a disturbing rise in hostility toward elected representatives in the United States.

Such threats have not only targeted members of Congress but have extended to their spouses, local elected officials, and even election workers.

Officials note that this trend represents a significant challenge to the safety and security of public service personnel.

Senator Tester, who has served in the Senate since 2007, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on this particular case, maintaining a consistent approach of not commenting on security-related matters publicly.

Legal Repercussions and Broader Implications

The legal process saw Cross acknowledging his guilt in January to the serious charges of making threats to injure and murder a U.S. senator, which led to his recent sentencing.

This case is not isolated. Another Montana resident, Kevin Patrick Smith from Kalispell, faced a similar sentence of 2 1/2 years after he, too, left threatening messages for Senator Tester. These cases highlight public servants' growing dangers, leading to calls for enhanced protections for those in office.

The convictions of Cross and Smith could deter others from making threats against government officials, demonstrating the judiciary's dedication to protecting elected leaders.

The sentence handed down to Cross underscores the justice system's stance that threats against public figures are severe crimes with significant repercussions.

As such threats become more frequent, there is a clear and increasing demand for stronger security measures and legal safeguards for public officials, signaling a need for continuous updates to safety protocols and legal structures.


Anthony James Cross's sentencing highlights the judiciary's zero-tolerance policy toward threats against public officials. This case, alongside the broader trend of increasing threats, signals a critical moment for the safety of public servants in America. The outcomes serve justice and act as a crucial deterrent to prevent future threats and ensure the security of elected representatives.

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