Missouri man charged with threatening Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer
The Department of Justice has charged a Missouri man for allegedly threatening Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer.
Walter Lee Hoornstra, 50, faces charges of communicating an interstate threat and making a threatening phone call.
According to the DOJ, Hoornstra called Richer in May 2021 — while Arizona Senate Republicans were conducting a discredited review of the 2020 election in Maricopa County. Hoornstra referenced the so-called audit while criticizing Richer, then ended the call with a threat: that Richer would never make it to his next board meeting.
Thanks to @FBI for acting on this one. Very meaningful.— Stephen Richer—Maricopa Cnty Recorder (prsnl acct) (@stephen_richer) August 17, 2022
Unfortunately, I have PLENTY more to keep them busy. And, even worse, so too do some of the non-public facing members of @RecordersOffice and @MaricopaVote.
If convicted of all charges, Hoornstra could face up to seven years in prison.
The investigation stemmed from the Justice Department’s Election Threats Task Force, launched in 2021 to address escalating threats of violence against election workers.