STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Virginia Beach man reportedly threatened to kill Rep. Scott Taylor over pot policies

A Virginia Beach man was locked up Friday after being accused of threatening to kill Congressman Scott Taylor (R-Virg...

Posted: Mar 25, 2018 9:30 AM
Updated: Mar 25, 2018 9:30 AM

A Virginia Beach man was locked up Friday after being accused of threatening to kill Congressman Scott Taylor (R-Virginia Beach) and members of his staff over marijuana policies, according to federal prosecutors.

Wallace Godwin went in front of a judge briefly in the Norfolk Federal Courthouse Friday afternoon.

Court documents alleged Godwin threatened to bring his shotgun to Taylor's event that is scheduled to take place Saturday.

69-year-old Godwin is accused of going into Taylor's Office in Virginia Beach Thursday and getting frustrated about marijuana policies with Taylor's staff.

Court records state that Godwin has a concealed weapons permit.

The records say that Godwin allegedly said, "Scott is having an event this Saturday. I am going to get my shotgun and do something about this. I will just handle this myself." Godwin is then accused of pointing at two staffers in the room and stating, "You two are next."

"There should never be violence. There should never be threats of violence to elected officials or their staff. It is just unacceptable, especially my staff - they're in there to help people. They're in there to help people navigate the federal government," said Taylor. "Violence is always serious. You should always take it serious."

Taylor addressed the media Friday afternoon. He said Godwin has been rude to his staff before and has even showed up at his home in the past.

Godwin is outspoken about his anti-marijuana stance on social media, and last year court records indicate he even tried to sue the government for $500 million for not enforcing the federal marijuana laws. The case got dismissed.

Taylor has worked to decriminalize marijuana on a federal level, and he said that's angered Godwin.

News 3 went to Godwin's home, but no one answered the door.

We spoke to several neighbors. Some were shocked by the arrest, but Rhonda Solomon, who lives across the street, said she is not surprised at all.

"He has always been aggressive to me," said Solomon. She said they have got into several arguments that escalated quickly.

"I'm anti-marijuana too, but that doesn't mean I'm going to come out and threaten to kill somebody over it," said Solomon.

Marvin Hall also lives nearby and expressed concern for his neighbor.

"Anytime somebody doesn't get help, I feel bad for him. I mean, what he did wasn't right," he said.

Taylor praised law enforcement and his staff for their quick actions and had a message to those with differing opinions.

"I think everybody needs to calm down. We just need to calm down and realize we're not going to agree on every single issue," said Taylor. He encouraged people to resolve differences peacefully and said threats of violence are unacceptable.

Godwin is accused of threatening to murder and assault a United States Official and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, however typically sentences are less than the maximum penalties, according to federal prosecutors.

"I'm hopeful this charge will send a message. It sends a signal and a message of deterrence," said Taylor.

Godwin is scheduled to appear in front of judge here next Tuesday for a bond hearing at 2:30 p.m.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 91935

Reported Deaths: 2780
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds6903153
DeSoto532153
Harrison368771
Jackson334367
Madison318086
Rankin313473
Lee254066
Jones236078
Forrest231069
Washington215671
Lafayette203039
Lauderdale1984123
Bolivar177465
Oktibbeha173749
Lamar156633
Neshoba1524103
Panola140926
Sunflower138543
Lowndes138457
Warren136650
Leflore134380
Pontotoc120416
Pike120148
Monroe117665
Scott115925
Copiah115433
Coahoma110927
Holmes108458
Marshall106714
Grenada104535
Lincoln104453
Yazoo103429
Simpson100142
Union96524
Tate94537
Leake93535
Adams89135
Wayne87121
Pearl River84850
Marion83633
Covington79321
Prentiss78617
Alcorn75310
Newton74722
Itawamba74121
George73913
Tallahatchie73418
Winston71919
Tishomingo65035
Attala63625
Chickasaw63524
Tippah63516
Walthall58925
Clay56216
Hancock55420
Noxubee54015
Jasper53615
Clarke52538
Smith51714
Calhoun50612
Tunica47213
Montgomery45020
Claiborne44916
Lawrence42212
Yalobusha41314
Perry39016
Humphreys36915
Quitman3625
Stone34611
Greene33516
Webster32813
Jefferson Davis32211
Carroll30812
Amite30710
Wilkinson30117
Kemper28515
Sharkey25812
Jefferson2359
Benton2151
Franklin1863
Choctaw1775
Issaquena1033
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 128818

Reported Deaths: 2284
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson18648332
Mobile12949288
Montgomery8560170
Madison736573
Tuscaloosa7015112
Lee558259
Shelby550149
Baldwin502148
Marshall376342
Etowah326344
Calhoun321139
Morgan312925
Houston260621
Elmore247547
DeKalb230119
St. Clair218134
Walker217780
Talladega199925
Limestone191919
Cullman180017
Franklin172728
Dallas172526
Russell16912
Autauga162424
Lauderdale159231
Colbert157224
Escambia154324
Blount150413
Jackson146610
Chilton143325
Dale128042
Covington127027
Coffee12388
Pike11329
Tallapoosa112483
Chambers110642
Clarke104417
Marion91428
Butler90238
Barbour8097
Marengo69319
Winston68512
Lowndes64327
Pickens62214
Bibb6179
Hale60828
Bullock58514
Randolph58512
Lawrence57620
Monroe5708
Washington54513
Geneva5404
Perry5356
Wilcox52911
Cherokee52816
Clay5187
Conecuh51611
Crenshaw51531
Macon46619
Henry4524
Sumter41719
Fayette4128
Choctaw34212
Lamar3302
Cleburne3116
Greene29915
Coosa1573
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 69°
Columbus
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 69°
Oxford
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 64°
Starkville
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 70°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather