Madison County man convicted of threats against abortion support group

A Madison County man who posted threats on the social media page of a nonprofit abortion support group was sentenced to 20 months in federal prison.

James David Hampton, 41, of London, had previously pleaded guilty to four counts of transmitting a threat in interstate commerce, each carrying a sentence of up to five years in prison. U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr. announced the final conviction Thursday morning in federal court in Columbus.

Hampton was indicted earlier this year on 10 counts after searching online for abortion-related social media sites in August 2020 and then posting threatening comments, including: “You are murderous babies… we kill garbage like you… I am very proud to chase garbage like you and kill you…. “, According to court documents.

“We kill garbage like you”:Madison County man admits to posting threats on the abortion support group’s social media page

Indicted on 10 counts:Madison County man faces federal charges after alleged threats on online abortion forum

As part of a plea deal, Hampton admitted to making direct threats against several individuals, including telling one, “I’m curious how you will react to a hot vise (pulling out) your brain out of your skull! ”

In a separate video he posted online, Hampton said, “My name is James David Hampton and I’m killing baby killers,” according to documents.

Hampton’s attorney has requested a time-served sentence, writing in a pre-sentence file that he has a minor criminal record and no history of violence.

“Understanding the point of view of others is definitely a blind spot,” Federal Public Defender Deborah Williams wrote of Hampton, and “learning to disagree without attacking is a work in progress. “

“… When seated in front of a keypad or his cell phone, Mr. Hampton can become aggressively outspoken and even belligerent. His unfiltered opinions can be extremely off-putting, but there is absolutely no evidence that he ever expressed those opinions in the non-cyber world, ”Williams wrote.

But prosecutors called for a three-year prison sentence, writing in pre-sentencing documents: “Hampton is not just a” keyboard warrior, “and the sentence in this court should reflect the severity of his sentence. threatening behavior, his commitment to violence as expressed in interviews with the FBI and the impact of his actions on his victims. “

Hampton, they wrote, “wanted people to feel driven out whether or not they hurt someone physically, and that is exactly what his actions did – protecting the public from physical and emotional harm is needed here. “.

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Virginia S. Braud