(As originally published, Tue, November 21st 2023, 4:48 PM EST)
MIAMI (TND) — A man in Miami has been found guilty of three counts of cyber harassment and the victims were his cousin, her husband, and their 12-year-old daughter in New York.
The feds say Anthony Brillante II, 35, spoofed hundreds of phone numbers and sent the victims tens of thousands of phone calls and text messages over a 15-month period between 2021 and 2022.
Among those were “countless explicit threats to kill them,” prosecutors said.
Specifically, Brillante texted about shooting them in the face and running them over with a car.
He also sent the girl messages about planning to kill her parents, saying he’d “been practicing at the range,” and he thought he was “a pretty good shot.”
Authorities said a check of Brillante’s cellphones found more disturbing details.
He considered bribing a law enforcement officer to find his victims’ new phone numbers after they got rid of their old ones due to his spam calls and threatening texts.
He was also interested in buying guns and a silencer, and disregarded multiple warnings to stop the threats — even texting his brother “idk is threatening to kill a child differentlol.”
Brillante was convicted on Nov. 7. He faces 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced on Jan. 24.