STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — An Annadale man, whose disturbing social media posts allegedly calling for the “extermination” of Democrats and their families after the 2020 presidential election led to his arrest on multiple federal charges, appears poised to plead guilty.
Papers filed Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court say Brian Maiorana seeks to change his previously entered plea of not guilty in the case. A hearing has been scheduled for April 26.
Maiorana, 54, was arrested at home on Nov. 10 after allegedly making a series of violent threats in the wake of citywide protests and the presidential election won by Democrat Joe Biden.
Investigators also found illegal guns and ammunition in the residence, said officials.
The posts were made on an unnamed social media platform from around September to the weekend after the Nov. 3 election, authorities allege. Biden, the former vice president, defeated then-President Donald Trump.
Some posts included direct references to the election, said authorities.
In one post in October, authorities allege Maiorana wrote, “Its come to the point where pipe bombs need to be thrown into these mobs of potentially non-violent violent protesters.”
After the election, Maiorana said, “Carnage needs to come in the form of extermination of anyone that claims to be Democrat … as well as their family members,” court filings allege.
Just days later, he said, “As the Jew Senator from Jew York said nothing is off the table,” apparently threatening Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat.
He added: “The Turner Diaries must come to life. We blow up the FBI building for real. All the alphabet agencies assassination will become the new normal now.”
The Turner Diaries is a 1978 novel by William Luther Pierce. It depicts a violent revolution in the U.S. which leads to the federal government being overthrown, a nuclear war and a race war that results in the systematic extermination of non-whites, said court filings.
The novel, federal prosecutors said, has been influential among white nationalists and neo-Nazi groups. It has been cited as the inspiration for acts of violence, such as the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.
Authorities allege Maiorana posted that the election “was fraudulently stolen from us.”
He also allegedly said, “All right thinking people need to hit the streets while these scumbags are celebrating and start blowing them away.”
“The time has now past for patriots to stop being on the defensive… defensive action is a position of weakness,” authorities allege Maiorana posted around Nov. 8. “We must take offensive action starting now. All of you know what that is.”
During the search of the defendant’s home, authorities said they seized a semiautomatic Glock pistol, two magazines of .45-caliber ammunition, parts for a .22-caliber firearm and additional ammunition.
Maiorana had previously obtained a pistol permit from the upstate Orange County Sheriff’s Office in late 1992, but surrendered it in 1999, court papers said.
Due to a 2007 felony conviction in Pennsylvania for statutory sexual assault, he is barred from possessing or obtaining firearms or ammunition, said court documents. Maiorana is registered as a level-one sex offender in New York, those records said.
Maiorana was charged with transmission of threats to injure; felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and felon in possession of ammunition.
Court papers don’t say to which charge or charges the defendant intends to plead guilty.
Defense lawyer James Darrow declined comment on the case, as did a spokesman for the Brooklyn federal prosecutor’s office.
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