Utah man faces over 100 years in prison for alleged death threats — some against President Trump

(Courtesy Salt Lake County jail) Travis Luke Dominguez

A Utah man with a history of tying up emergency communication lines with false calls now faces the possibility of 100 years in prison for allegedly making death threats against President Donald Trump and others.

A federal jury on Wednesday indicted Travis Luke Dominguez, 33, of Midvale, on 11 counts, including making threats to kill the President during his visit to Utah last month, threatening to kill police officers if they tried to stop him from harming Trump, and using the internet to convey false information in connection with threats to individuals or businesses in Salt Lake County.

Each count carries a maximum possible sentence of 10 years.

On Dec. 4, when Trump visited Salt Lake City to announce his decision to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National monuments, Dominguez reportedly told law enforcement he planned to kill Trump and any police that tried to stop him.

He is later accused of telling authorities, “I’m going to kill the sexist racist homophobic President Trump today. Nothing you can do to save President Trump nor stop me pigs.”

Dominguez’s alleged threats — utilizing FBI and Unified Police Department tip lines — began coming into police on Nov. 13. and ended Dec. 31, when South Jordan police arrested him near the South Jordan Megaplex Theater, which Dominguez had reportedly threatened to bomb.

Court documents outline seven instances where Dominguez reportedly sent anonymous tips to either to be carried out by him or someone else — to explode or shoot up local businesses, including a movie theater in South Jordan, a sporting goods store in Midvale and a bank in Sandy.

Authorities began tracking Dominguez after they linked his email address to the public WiFi that was used to send in the threats.

After his arrest, Dominguez reportedly confessed to the death threats and calls, according to a probable cause statement.

The federal indictments state Dominguez knew the threats he made in connection to the businesses were false.

He is scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court with Magistrate Judge Paul Warner on Thursday.

In 2003, Dominguez was convicted in Salt Lake City’s 3rd District Court of stealing a cellphone and using it multiple times to report false emergencies to 911. He was on probation for that crime when he was arrested in 2004 for double-swiping customers’ credit cards at the Midvale Taco Bell where he worked.

Dominguez would charge customers he found annoying an extra $20 to $50 for their food. A judge sentenced Dominguez to probation and six months in jail in that case and ordered he undergo a psychological evaluation.

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