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Man accused of making threatening call in Kent County to Sen. Cory Booker

Rick Simmons is accused of leaving a threatening, expletive-laced voicemail for a U.S. Senator.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Rick Lynn Simmons was arrested in Kentwood on Monday, Jan. 14 after authorities said he made a threatening call to U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, a democrat from New Jersey. 

Simmons is accused of calling Booker's Camden, New Jersey office and leaving a voicemail on Oct. 26, 2018 where he threatened to put a gun in the senator's face. The indictment says he used a cellphone and made the call in Kent County.

A transcript of the voicemail was contained in a federal indictment recently filed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.

"I'm just doin' my guns a blazin' pal. I got a nine millimeter I'll put in your f***** face, you m************," a part of the the message said. The voicemail also uses the n-word and makes reference to the caller's wife. 

Booker is expected to be a candidate for the 2020 presidential election

Simmons is facing five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday, Jan. 16. 

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