TULSA, Okla. — A man known for showing up uninvited to political events and trying to get close to politicians pleaded guilty Wednesday for cyberstalking and making multiple threatening statements regarding U.S. Representative Kevin Hern and his family. Hern represents Oklahoma’s first congressional district.
Keith Charles Eisenberger, 39, of Bartlesville, pleaded guilty to cyberstalking; threatening to kidnap and assault a member of Congress; and threatening to kidnap and assault the spouse of a member of Congress.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners will not tolerate online threats of violence meant to intimidate elected officials or members of our community,” said U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “Keith Eisenberger now understands there are legal repercussions to committing these criminal acts.”
According to court documents, Eisenberger admitted that, between Nov. 27, 2018 and May 11, 2022, he threatened and harassed Rep. Hern through electronic communication in an effort to cause emotional distress to Hern and his family. Eisenberger also admitted that, during the same timeframe, he threatned to kidnap and assault Hern with the intent to interfere with Hern’s official duties and to retaliate against him.
Eisenberger also admitted that on May 11, 2022, he threatened to kidnap and assault Hern’s wife.
Court documents revealed that Eisenberger began making concerning statements about Hern when he took office in November 2018. Eisenberger’s statements became more violent over time. His statements were made during visits and phone calls to Hern’s offices in Washington, D.C. and Tulsa, as well as on social media.
In January 2019, Eisenberger showed up at Hern’s Washington, D.C. offices, yelling and demanding to see Hern. He told U.S. Capitol Police special agents that he was angry with Hern because he believed the congressman had been appointed to the seat without Eisenberger ever being considered for the position. He also told the agents that he had flown to Washington, D.C. on a one-way ticket and would not be returning until Hern resigned.
On Nov. 9, 2020, Eisenberger posted on social media that he was angry about the election and suggested that Hern and the state of Oklahoma deserved to bee “federally executed.” He also stated on social media that if execution was not feasible, then the resignation, death or expulsion of Hern was also acceptable to him.
In a long social media video post in October 2021, Eisenberger said that he was going to assault Hern, whether it be at a debate, a conference or elsewhere.
In a May 11, 2022, social media post, he also stated that he hoped to kidnap Hern and his wife. He wished harm to come to Hern’s family as well in his post.
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