VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Authorities say a Virginia man has threatened to shoot his local congressman.
Federal prosecutors said in a news release Friday that 69-year-old Wallace Grove Godwin made a threatening statement to staff at US Rep. Scott Taylor’s Virginia Beach office Thursday.
Authorities said Godwin became frustrated during a discussion about marijuana policy.
On Feb. 27, 2017, Taylor was an original cosponsor for bill H.R. 1227 – Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017. Taylor said he backed states’ rights on cannabis laws and says legalization has “the possibility to create jobs.”
Authorities say Godwin has a concealed weapon permit and had previously engaged in aggressive interactions with Taylor and his staff.
Godwin faces a charge of threatening to murder and assault a United States official. It carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.
Andrew Grindrod, a public defender representing Godwin, declined to comment.
The Associated Press
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