A Texas woman, Abigail Jo Shry, has been charged with federal offenses for allegedly threatening to kill a judge overseeing former President Donald Trump’s election fraud case and a Democratic congresswoman. According to a criminal complaint, Shry left a threatening voicemail on August 5, directed at U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan and Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX). The voicemail contained racial slurs and threats to harm individuals associated with Trump, Democrats in Washington D.C., and the LGBTQ community.
Shry admitted to leaving the voicemail in question, in which she warned of violence and death. The threats were directed at Judge Chutkan, who was assigned to oversee the case involving Trump’s alleged conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election, and Representative Lee, who introduced articles of impeachment against Trump after the Capitol riot in January 2021.
The charges against Shry include transmitting threats to injure another person, a felony with a maximum prison sentence of up to five years. Shry had been previously charged four times in the past year for similar conduct, resulting in convictions and imprisonment.
Shry has been ordered to be held without bond, and a full bond hearing is scheduled for a later date in the Southern District of Texas.
Donovan was born and raised in the deep south of South Central Georgia, roughly two hours from the Georgia-Florida line. His father was a guitar player, farmer, and eventually blue color worker for GM. His mother suffered from Scleroderma starting a few years after he was born, so she became a home maker. Growing up as an only child, Donovan’s interest included music (though he really never learned to play anything) and anything dealing with technology, but specifically computers.
He has spent his entire life involved with computer technology either as a hobby or as a career. In his middle to late teens, he ran a BBS (electronic bulletin board system – the precursor to the modern day Internet). He learned about networking computer systems, building computers, and communication technologies as part of his career.
Later in life, he fulfilled his dream of running his own ISP (Internet Service Provider) when he was hired first as the Network Manager and eventually the General Manager of the Telecommunications Department for the City of Tifton, known as CityNet.
Today he runs his own IT business and has been podcasting in some form or fashion since 2011.