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Man who threatened members of Congress sentenced

Carlos Bayon to serve 5 years in prison
Posted at 6:05 PM, Nov 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-21 18:05:59-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A man who was convicted of threatening two members of Congress was sentenced to five years in prison. Carlos Bayon of Grand Island was convicted on two counts of "retaliating against a federal official" and "making a threat by interstate communication" in July.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Bayon left threatening voicemails for Republican Representatives Steve Scalise and Cathy McMorris-Rodgers in 2018. Bayon said in the voicemails he would "feed them lead", using the phrase "Ojo por ojo, diente por diente" (Spanish for 'an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth').

Federal agents found a loaded rifle, 150 rounds of ammunition, and books on how to make explosives at Bayon's home.

Bayon's arrest was featured as part of an I-Team investigation on extremism in Western New York. You can watch that report here.