Two Yellowstone County residents indicted for threatening president, national leaders

Two Yellowstone County residents have been indicted in separate federal court cases with accusations of threatening state and national leaders.

Anthony James Cross and Richard Lee Rogers both face charges in U.S. District Court of threatening to kill members the United States Congress. Cross, 29, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to threatening the lives of Sen. Jon Tester and President Joe Biden. Rogers meanwhile is accused of threatening to kill Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy and making harassing telephone calls.

Billings man Anthony James Cross, 29, is accused of threatening his neighbor with a pellet gun resembling a Glock handgun. 

Image courtesy of Yellowstone County District Court

In early February, according to court documents, Rogers threatened to fatally assault Rep. McCarthy in retaliation for his actions as house speaker. That same day, Rogers, a Shepherd resident, made several harassing phone calls. Court documents do not specify to whom the alleged calls were made.

In April, court documents said, Cross made his threats to Tester and Biden. He allegedly threatened to murder Tester and, according to court documents, stated, “I

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