DENVER – United States Attorney Jason R. Dunn today announced that Timothy Hummel, age 26, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, pleaded guilty to threatening to murder federal law enforcement officers. Hummel made his initial appearance remotely while free on bond. His bond was continued at the hearing’s conclusion. The Denver office of the FBI and the Federal Protective Service (FPS) joined in today’s announcement.
According to the stipulated facts contained in Hummel’s plea agreement, on August 14, 2019, Hummel repeatedly called the Denver Field Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO), which is the directorate within ICE focused on arrests and removals of individuals living in the United States without authorization. Hummel left two voicemails minutes apart and shortly thereafter sent an email to the Denver ERO Outreach mailbox. In the voicemails and email, Hummel threatened to murder ICE agents and members of their families.
During the investigation it was determined that Hummel made the threats in order to scare ICE agents and cause them to use their resources reacting to the threats rather than doing their jobs.
U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson presided over the change of plea hearing today, August 10, 2020. Hummel was charged by indictment on March 11, 2020. He is scheduled to be sentenced on October 26, 2020. This case was investigated by the Denver office of the FBI and the FPS. The defendant is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia Martinez.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado. Related court documents can be found on PACER by searching for Case Number 20-cr-087.
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