Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 19, 2024

Texas Man Sentenced for Threatening Congressman Waters

A Texas man has been sentenced for making violent death threats against a member of Congress.

Brian Michael Gaherty has been sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison for making death threats against Rep. Maxine Waters.

According to Breitbart News, Brian Michael Gaherty, a resident of Texas, was found guilty of threatening Rep. Maxine Waters through multiple phone calls in 2022. His threats were aimed at interfering with Waters' official responsibilities as a congresswoman.

In 2023, Gaherty was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to these menacing calls. He faced four counts of making threatening communications across state lines and four counts of threatening a U.S. official.

Earlier this year, Gaherty entered a guilty plea to one count of threatening an official of the United States. In his plea agreement, he admitted to issuing threats of severe violence against Waters on four distinct occasions.

Gaherty's Menacing Voicemails in 2022

August and November of 2022 were marked by Gaherty's vile messages left for Waters. In one voicemail, he threatened to shoot her, stomp on her, and slit her throat.

Gaherty's threats did not stop there. He warned the congresswoman that she should relocate, implying that he and his associates had a "contract" on her life. Law enforcement authorities contacted Gaherty in October 2022 and cautioned him to cease his threatening behavior. However, he ignored this warning.

Continued Threats Despite Warnings

In November 2022, Gaherty resumed his violent threats against Waters. He left additional voicemails declaring she had made a huge mistake by reporting his threats to the authorities.

One such message included a chilling statement that his threats were not merely threats but promises. He also indicated his intent to confront Waters in person and advised her to be cautious.

The court found these ongoing acts of intimidation essential in concluding Gaherty's sentence. Gaherty's relentless pursuit, even in the face of law enforcement intervention, underscored his intentions.

Legal Consequences and Judicial Response

Brian Gaherty's sentencing to 33 months in federal prison serves as a stern reminder against threatening public officials. In addition to his prison time, Gaherty was fined $10,000.

U.S. Attorney Martin Estrada emphasized the gravity of Gaherty's actions, stating, "Threats to harm or kill elected officials are anathema to our nation’s values and must not – and will not – be tolerated."


Brian Michael Gaherty's actions escalated from violent voicemails to formal charges, ultimately resulting in a federal prison sentence. The severity of his threats illustrated a clear intent to intimidate and interfere with Rep. Waters' duties. Law enforcement's involvement did not deter Gaherty, highlighting his persistent defiance. As a result, the judicial system imposed significant penalties to underscore the seriousness of his crimes.


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