Queens Proud Boy pleads guilty to threatening to kill black senator


An aspiring Proud Boy from Queens pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a newly elected US senator from Georgia one day before the US Capitol siege, federal prosecutors said.

Eduard Florea, 41, of Middle Village, admitted in Brooklyn federal court Monday to threatening to kill Sen. Raphael Warnock — a Democrat who won a runoff to become the state’s first black senator — in statements posted online Jan. 5.

The New York native also urged others to head to Washington to disrupt the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s November election victory, prosecutors said.

“Warnock is going to have a hard time casting votes for community policies when he’s swinging with the f—king fish,” Florea wrote, court documents show.

Eduard Florea was arrested at his basement apartment in Middle Village in January 2021.
Dan Herrick

Hours later, in the early morning of Jan. 6, federal prosecutors said, Florea then referenced Warnock in a separate post that read, “Dead men can’t pass s–t laws.”

Florea, a software engineer whose wife has said she planned to divorce him, did not attend the Capitol riot, but posted online that he intended to travel to Washington as part of an armed group ready to commit acts of violence.

“I am ready,” Florea wrote in one message as the riot unfolded, court filings show. “We need to regroup outside of DC and attack from all sides … talking to some other guys … I will keep watching for the signal.”

Sen. Raphael Warnock seen speaking at Capitol Hill on Aug. 3, 2021.
Sen. Raphael Warnock speaking at Capitol Hill on Aug. 3, 2021.

Florea also boasted that he had a “bunch of guys all armed and ready to deploy” while awaiting orders to do so.

Federal prosecutors, however, have said the Proud Boys supporter applied to join the right-wing group, but hadn’t attended enough meetings at the time to qualify as a member.

“It’s time to unleash some violence,” Florea wrote as the Capitol siege that left five people dead was underway, court documents show.

Florea, who had been convicted of a firearms-related felony in 2014, also pleaded guilty to possessing more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

FBI agents seized the ammo he was barred from having due to the conviction along with two dozen shotgun rounds, roughly 75 military-style combat knives, two hatchets and two swords during a January search of the home he shared with his wife and two children.

“With today’s guilty plea, Florea admits to threatening the life of a successful candidate for the US Senate and to urging others to take up arms to unleash violence at the Capitol on January 6, 2021 to thwart the results of the presidential election,” Acting US Attorney Kasulis said.

Roughly 580 people have been charged federally in the Jan. 6 siege by supporters of former President Donald Trump, leading to his second impeachment for allegedly inciting the mob. The Senate later voted to acquit him for a second time.

In February 2020, the Senate also acquitted Trump for allegedly obstructing Congress and abusing his power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son Hunter.

Florea’s wife, meanwhile, told The Post in January she planned to divorce her husband of six years after hearing details of the accusations.

“I totally believe that he plotted to do this,” Joni Florea said. “The only thing I was concerned about were my children. Eduard only cared about the Proud Boys.”

Joni said Eduard “really wanted to go” to the Jan. 6 siege and donned an Army hat for the occasion, but his “ride” never showed up.

“I told him, ‘If you f—cking go, don’t you dare to come back to my house,’” Joni told The Post. “He was like angry and upset and definitely being brainwashed by the right-wing media.”

Florea is set to be sentenced in November after pleading guilty to transmitting threats to injure and illegally possessing ammunition.

He faces up to 15 years in prison, although federal sentencing guidelines recommend between 15 and 21 months.

His attorney declined to comment when reached by The Post early Tuesday.

With Post wires

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