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"This Is Adam Lanza": Man Accused of Newtown Threats



    A 30-year-old man is accused of repeatedly calling residents of Newtown, Conn. two days after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, saying: "This is Adam Lanza. I'm gonna kill you."

    The Venezuelan man, who had been charged in a 2013 criminal complaint, was arrested Saturday as he traveled through Miami on the way to Mexico from Venezuela, federal officials said.

    He allegedly called Newtown residents on Dec. 16, 2012, two days after gunman Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 20 children and six educators before taking his own life.

    The suspect allegedly made 96 calls to the Newtown area from Venezuela, saying on one call: "This is Adam Lanza. I'm gonna [expletive] kill you. You're dead. You're dead. You hear me? You're dead."

    On another, he is accused of saying: "This is Adam Lanza. I'm gonna kill you. You're dead. With my machine gun. You're dead."

    Deidre Daly, U.S. attorney for the district of Connecticut, said in a statement that threatening grieving Newtown residents "is reprehensible and inhuman criminal conduct."

    He faces up to five years in prison for the charge of transmitting threats in interstate or foreign commerce.