A man from New Jersey has been sent to prison for threatening to kill federal agents. He was caught years ago stalking Donald Trump. Frank Monte was found guilty of three counts of threatening a federal law enforcement officer and two counts of sending threats in interstate commerce because of threatening phone calls he made in 2019.
Monday, a federal court in Newark gave the man from Oak Ridge a 57-month prison sentence. In March, he was found guilty. Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Monte is 52 years old.
Even before Donald Trump ran for president and became president, Monte was obsessed with him. According to the New York Daily News, he called the real estate mogul’s office hundreds of times and showed up in person.
Trump Tower Arrest
In 2014, he was arrested when he went to Trump Tower and took down a picture of himself that was there with a warning that he wasn’t allowed in the building. Monte, a Navy veteran, was put in jail in New York while his case was going through court.
He was there until his hero was elected President of the United States. During a hearing in December 2016, he told the judge, “Please tell Donald that I’ll be at the U.S. Supreme Court on or around January 20, when he moves into the Oval Office,” according to the New York Post.
Monte was finally freed in the spring of 2017 after his lawyer argued that he had done the maximum time for lying on paperwork by falsely listing Trump as a board member of a company he was trying to start.
Then, in July 2019, Monte kept calling the emergency line of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Police at the VA Lyons hospital campus. At one point, he threatened to “shoot up” a V.A. police officer. Three months later, Monte called the office of a U.S. Congressman and talked to a staff member.
He threatened to attack a certain Secret Service agent if he ever came to New Jersey. In a separate call to a special agent of the U.S. Capitol Police, he said the same threat over and over again. Before his obsession with Trump put him in Riker’s prison and mental health facilities, he spent at least four years in a Florida prison for aggravated stalking.
Monte was an agent for real estate at the time. In 2012, he was set free. On Monday, the judge gave Monte a sentence of nearly five years in federal prison and three years of supervised release.