By Kevin Deutsch
A Sunrise man pleaded guilty in federal district court Wednesday to threatening election workers during a federal primary election in Aug. 2022, prosecutors said.
Joshua David Lubitz, 38, entered a polling station inside the Sunrise Senior Center on Aug. 17 and was overheard counting election workers and saying, “should I kill them one by one or should I blow the place up?” according to a U.S. Department of Justice announcement.
Lubitz was also heard saying, “my dad would love this. It would be easy,” and “this would be nice and sweet,” federal prosecutors said.
After making the remarks, Lubitz left the senior center, walked to the parking lot, and got in his car, authorities said. As he drove past the polling site entrance, Lubitz extended his arm toward two poll workers and made a threatening gesture toward them with his hand, according to prosecutors.
Lubitz is scheduled for sentencing on July 25 before U.S. District Judge Rodolfo A. Ruiz. He faces up to five years in prison.
- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.
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