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Delta Junction man pleads guilty to death threats against Murkowski and Sullivan

An elderly Delta Junction man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to two counts of threatening to murder a U.S. official, specifically Alaska’s two U.S. senators. Sentencing will occur at a later date.

Jay Allen Johnson, 65, left a voice mail message on Sept. 2, 2021, at the Washington D.C. office of Sen. Lisa Murkowski containing several threats, including a threat to “burn” the senator’s properties.

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“I will find out … where you’re at. I will find out all of your properties. And I will burn everything you hope to have,” he said in the message.

On Sept. 29, Johnson left another voice mail threatening to hire an assassin to kill the senator. Johnson also left threatening voicemail messages for Sen. Dan Sullivan between April 2021 and September 2021, including one in which he threatened to get his “.50 caliber out,” hold a “GoFundMe page for the …shells,” and to come “with a vengeance mother*cker.”

“Resign or get the f— gone, or die,” he said on Murkowski’s office voice mail.

The document says Senator Dan Sullivan got 13 phone calls over a six-month period last year from the same phone number. In several of those message, the caller identified himself as Jay Johnson, and even left his Delta Junction post office box address.

The investigation found the call originated in Delta Junction from a cell number linked to Johnson.

Johnson admitted to leaving 17 threatening voice mails for the two senators over a five-month period and said that the messages were intended to retaliate against the senators for performing their official duties.

As part of the plea agreement, Johnson has agreed to the issuance of a three-year federal protective order following his release from federal prison. The protective order will prohibit Johnson from contacting either U.S. senator, their family or staff members. Johnson faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison for each charge as well as forfeiture of seven firearms, which the FBI discovered in Johnson’s residence during execution of a search warrant. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

“Threatening public officials in an attempt to interfere with the performance of their duties is antithetical to our democratic system of governance,” said U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. of the District of Alaska. “To protect the functions of our government institutions and our public officials themselves, the Department of Justice will work to ensure our elected officials can serve without fear of harm.

“The FBI remains steadfast in addressing threats in our communities, including violent threats made against those who are performing their official duties,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Shawn Peters of the FBI Anchorage Field Office. “This case underscores the swift efforts by the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners as we worked together to address these threats before any potential acts of violence occurred.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Capitol Police investigated, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Tansey prosecuted the case.

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. Because of President Trump’s America First recommendations over 200 other countries are declaring themselves republics too and changing out the previous marxist dictators. Lisa Murkowski doesn’t apparently approve of Donald Trump and the America First approach. We still have our republic and the US Constitution a bit tattered but still there. We now understand DC is not our Capitol. Big brother isn’t allowed a capitol. We aren’t welcome. The welcome to Americans is as phony as a three-dollar bill. The vassal city state of DC has authority within ten miles to operate; is that correct? Pardon me I had a bad education. How come they are taking over the states now. DC until recently has been nothing but a party pavillion ? for the international jet set. Not impressed. Close DC and turn it into a park and give it back to Maryland to manage in a way they can afford. Senators should work exclusively for the US Constitutional rights and their Constituents. That’s it.

    • Keep in mind that Donald Trump led an attack on our nation. This is treason, by any definition. Whether you want to call it a republic or a democracy, it’s not an autocracy, which is what you apparently are in support of. I doubt you would be too fond of a Biden autocracy. Or a Clinton autocracy. But a Trump autocracy… that’s what you dig. Shameful.

      • PRESIDENT Donald Trump Invited Americans to what he and they believed in error was their US Capitol in DC. Others who came early came to start a riot and to cause unrest. President Trump’s people brought their children in strollers, prayed, and listened to his speech he was still giving while the leftist rioters were breaking in. The two million Americans, supporters of President Trump were not as you are attempting to besmirch their reputation. No matter how often you repeat this the two million peaceful, invited Americans thought they were welcome at any time at the what we now know is merely a foreign enclave and there is no indication they are welcome to petition most of ensconsed group. Thanks anyway for your theories.

        • Curious, if the rioters were leftists, why is it only democrats wanting to investigate the riot? Why are Republicans trying to cover for these so-called “leftists” who happened to be dressed head to toe in Trump regalia?

          Why are Trump aids all pleading the 5th?

          Why did Fox News hosts all seemingly agree in private that Trump was responsible for the rioters?

          And why did those same Fox News hosts all plead with Trump’s Chief of Staff on January 6th to tell his supporters who were attacking the capitol to go home?

          Do you have any clue what you’re suggesting? Is there an “on” button you could hit so you can at least appear human and conscious?

        • G Aleutian: that posting proves you have very limited susceptibility to reality. You’ve fully discredited yourself.

      • The courts and forensic findings disagree with you. Donald Trump instigated like every politician does. Nothing he said was of consequence, per the court, in respect to “leading an attack”.

        I don’t feel any politician is without propensity to agitate that is the nature of politics. I embrace this and move for as reduced power of government as possible. This makes me a contemporary republican and anarcho-capitalist.

        Quit looking for a selfless leader. They don’t exist, only a naive socialist would believe that.

      • The boundaries of many countries constantly change. There are unrecognized nations who wish to form republics and are doing this. The country with the most often changed boundaries in history is Germany.

        • So then there’s not 200 other countries declaring themselves republics and overthrowing Marxists, even when counting countries that are off world?

  2. Mental illness comes in many forms. It’s typically non-violent, however when you have a political party that stokes irrational fears of the masses, the rare violent ones will float to the top and make their illness known. The January 6th riot was full of these same types.

    • You are describing perfectly, the Democrat party. They’ve been stoking irrational fears for awhile now and it’s enough to drive anyone crazy.

      • OK, Karen. Whose flag was being waved as the capitol was under attack on January 6th?

        Who claimed the election was stolen despite no evidence of such widespread fraud?

        Who is still claiming the election he lost was stolen?

        If you think Democrats are the ones behind all of this, why do you think Republicans are the ones pleading the 5th when they’re being questioned?

        Seems like now would be a good time to release all the documents that shows Trump and fellow Republicans are innocent, rather than pleading the 5th, suing the courts and AGs, and obstructing justice at every step. But hey, maybe there really is a giant conspiracy to get Trump… maybe the guy who spent his entire life ripping people off is actually the good guy… would you put money on it? I wouldn’t.

  3. I’m going to guess that this old man has some dementia going on. Anyone who was serious about doing harm to someone else, is not really likely to make irrational threats like that. Did they even bother to do a mental eval on him before taking him to court? A good portion of this story is missing.

    • I agree, Karen, mental health should be checked in situations like this because you are right — those threats did not seem very practical and maybe he was just crazy !

  4. It doesn’t seem like Jay was hiding who or where he was, why’d it take so long for law enforcement to address the obviously deranged individual leaving these kinds of messages?

    • This character’s messages are very similar to many on this site-granted the yahoos on here aren’t leaving theirs on phones of our delegation but equally deranged IMO.

  5. Physical illness and human pain takes many forms. Just like fascism popularized in some lands. The peg that stands up will be beaten down. You will own nothing and be happy. I just need one generation – C Marx. Ailinsky had a lot of maxims. What does the US Constitution say? Who cares? It says your personal liberty may be taken if you put fear of imminent physical harm in another. In this case that was done. The US Constitution says you have analienable right to a jury of YOUR peers (visonage). So, he had his grand jury? He had a jury of his peers, elder gentlemen with recent surgery to hear and decide his case, right? OR was that due process ? changed somehow.

  6. John Seymour is showing how the left will “poke the bear”, cajoling people who have opinions that differ from his left leaning “my way or the highway” attitude. I hate what Obummer did to our country-it started before that-but a violent wedge has been driven and the bullies (on each side) continue to show our bad side -And to not allow a real discussion. I’m ready for God to come and wipe this planet clean-the saved are not afraid.

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