A New Jersey man, busted years ago after stalking Donald Trump, has been sentenced to prison for threatening to kill federal agents.
Frank Monte was convicted of three counts of threatening a federal law enforcement officer and two counts of transmitting threats in interstate commerce, stemming from menacing phone calls made in 2019.
The Oak Ridge native was handed down a 57-month prison term in Newark federal court on Monday. He was convicted in March.
Monte is 52, the U.S. Attorney's Office confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.
Well before Trump ran for and became president, Monte was obsessed with him — making hundreds of calls to the real estate mogul’s office and showing up in person, as reported by New York Daily News.
Arrest at Trump Tower
He was arrested in 2014 after walking into Trump Tower and removing a photo of himself, posted with a security notice that he was not allowed in the building.
Monte, a Navy veteran, was held in New York prison during court proceedings through the election of his icon as U.S. President.
In December 2016, he told a judge during a hearing, “Please advise Donald that I’ll be in the United States Supreme Court on or around Jan. 20, when he enters the Oval Office,” the New York Post reported.
Monte was eventually released in the spring of 2017 after his lawyer argued that he had done the maximum time for lying on paperwork by falsely listing Trump as a board member of a company he was trying to start.
Then in July 2019, Monte repeatedly called the emergency line of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Police at the VA Lyons hospital campus, at one point threatening to “shoot up” a V.A. police officer.
Three months later, Monte called the office of a U.S. Congressman and spoke with a staff member, threatening to assault a particular special agent of the U.S. Secret Service if he ever showed up in New Jersey.
He repeated the same threat in a separate call to a special agent of the U.S. Capitol Police.
Before his obsession with Trump led to his stint in Riker's prison and mental health facilities, he served at least four years in Florida prison for aggravated stalking.
At the time, Monte was working as a real estate broker. He was released in 2012.
In addition to nearly five years in federal prison, the judge on Monday sentenced Monte to three years of supervised release.
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A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.
Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.
If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.
You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.
Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions: