Florida man admits threatening to kill Derek Chauvin’s defense attorney

Florida man admits threatening to kill Derek Chauvin’s defense attorney


A Florida man has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill the defense attorney of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, federal prosecutors said.

William John Hartnett, 42, of Coral Gables, admitted Wednesday to calling the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association — which funded Chauvin’s defense in the May 2020 murder of George Floyd — and leaving a menacing 18-second voicemail on April 6 for defense attorney Eric Nelson.

“Hey you and your whole f–king family are going to f—king die, you motherf—er, for representing Chauvin, a f—king murderer,” Hartnett said on the call, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

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“Now, you all are going to f—king die a worse death than Floyd, you motherf—-. All of you piece of sh—.”

Hartnett made the

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