Man accused of making racist threats pleads not guilty

Daniel McMahon, 31, of Brandon, Florida, was indicted in Virginia on charges that include bias-motivated interference with a candidate for elective office. McMahon was arrested near Tampa, Florida, after his indictment was unsealed, according to Justice Department spokeswoman Kelly Laco. (Source: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office)
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The white man accused of cyberstalking and making racist threats against a black activist in Virginia has pleaded not guilty.

The Daily Progress reports that 31-year-old Daniel McMahon entered his plea Wednesday in federal court in Charlottesville.

McMahon was indicted last month by a grand jury in U.S. District Court. The indictment unsealed last week said McMahon used his social media accounts to intimidate activist Don Gathers and interfere with his campaign to run for a seat on the Charlottesville City Council.

During a September hearing, a prosecutor presented comments McMahon had made on social media as evidence, including ones repeating that Gathers needed to be stopped through "a diversity of tactics." Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlton Gammons said that term meant physical violence.