Robert Chain, the California man who allegedly threatened to kill Boston Globe employees during a series of phone calls last August, plans to plead guilty to the charges against him, his lawyer said Monday.
“Mr. Chain intends to plead guilty to all counts in the indictment and take full responsibility for his actions,” William Weinreb wrote in an e-mail. “He is anxious to make a full, public apology, expressing his sincere remorse to those he affected.”
The calls started on Aug. 10, when the Globe’s editorial board called for a nationwide response to President Trump’s repeated use of the phrase “enemy of the people” to describe the news media. During the next 12 days, Chain made 14 telephone calls to the Globe’s main newsroom line, federal prosecutors allege.
Authorities said the calls were “profane, lewd, and peppered with antigay slurs.”
In two calls on Aug. 13, Chain allegedly told Globe employees that “you are the enemy of the people; we will hunt you down and kill you and your dogs,’’ prosecutors said.
He also used crude language, allegedly telling an employee that “we’re gonna shoot you [expletive] in the head, you Boston Globe [expletive].”
In one of the final calls, on Aug. 22, a Globe employee asked Chain why he was calling, prosecutors said.
“Because you are the enemy of the people,” Chain allegedly replied. “As long as you keep attacking the president, the duly elected president of the United States, in the continuation of your treasonous and seditious acts, I will continue to threat, harass, and annoy the Boston Globe.”
Chain was arrested last August at his Encino, Calif., home and charged by criminal complaint. In September, he was indicted on seven counts of use of interstate and foreign commerce to transmit a threat to injure another person.
Milton J. Valencia and Travis Andersen of Globe staff contributed to this report. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Danny McDonald can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.