ORDER OF DETENTION PENDING trial as to Tiffani Shea Gish was entered by Magistrate Judge Bray on Sep. 9, 2022 – so she’s been inside for over a year pending trial.
HOUSTON – A 50-year-old Houston resident has pleaded guilty to interstate communications with a threat to kidnap or injure, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.
On Sept. 1, 2022, Tiffani Shea Gish aka Evelyn Salt left three threatening voicemails on the chamber’s telephone of a U.S. district judge from Florida. In the messages, Gish claimed to be a member of several military combat units, trained and familiar with weapons of war.
In the first message, she said the victim was marked for assignation and would get a bullet in the head. Gish then reiterated the same threat in two subsequent messages and used expletives when adding that she had ordered snipers and a bomb to the victim’s house and would throw a bullet to the victim’s head.
“As prosecutors, our mission is to always protect the rule of law, and that necessarily means protecting the judges who interpret and apply the law,”
“Tiffani Gish’s threats to assassinate a federal judge have no place in a republic whose strength comes from the rule of law. As a result, my office and its public servants have no tolerance for those like Gish who threaten judges and in turn seek to undermine our system of government.”
U.S. District Judge David Hittner accepted the plea and set sentencing for Feb. 9, 2024.
At that time, Gish faces up to five years imprisonment and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.
She has been and will remain in custody pending that hearing.
The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Schammel prosecuted the case.
Texas woman pleads guilty to threats against judge in Trump case
NOV 10, 2023 | REPUBLISHED BY LIT: NOV 11, 2023
Nov 10 (Reuters) – A Houston woman has pleaded guilty after she was charged with making death threats to U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, an appointee of former President Donald Trump who is presiding over the classified documents criminal case against him.
Tiffani Shea Gish, 50, pleaded guilty to interstate communications with a threat to kidnap or injure on Thursday. Gish’s sentencing has been set for Feb. 9 before U.S. District Judge David Hittner in Houston federal court.
Prosecutors said Gish threatened Cannon through voicemails left with her chambers in Florida, claiming to be a federal agent with a “license to kill.”
“Tiffani Gish’s threats to assassinate a federal judge have no place in a republic whose strength comes from the rule of law,” Houston U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani said in a Thursday statement.
Gish’s federal public defenders did not respond to a request for comment.
Prosecutors say Gish identified herself in the voicemails as “Evelyn Salt,” which is also the name of a fictional spy character played by actress Angelina Jolie in the 2010 action movie “Salt.”
Gish claimed in her voicemails that Cannon and Trump were marked for assassination, that she had ordered a team of snipers and a bomb to be sent to Cannon’s house, and that she was going to kill Cannon in front of the judge’s children.