Saturday, July 20, 2024

Virginia Beach man accused of threatening to kill Rep. Scott Taylor

NORFOLK — After a disagreement over marijuana policy, a 69-year-old Virginia Beach man allegedly threatened to kill Rep. Scott Taylor, according to court documents.

Wallace Grove Godwin was arrested Thursday and charged with threatening to murder and assault a U.S. official. His arrest came the same day he allegedly visited Taylor’s Virginia Beach office and made threats toward him and his staff, according to federal court documents released by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Godwin allegedly became agitated during a discussion about marijuana policy and said to Taylor’s staff, “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,” according to court documents.

He also allegedly pointed to two staffers in the room and said, “You two are next,” court documents state.

According to the Justice Department, Thursday’s incident wasn’t the only time Godwin had interacted with Taylor and his staff.

In 2017, Godwin allegedly went to Taylor’s private home and spoke with him outside of it, and during a separate incident he allegedly visited the Virginia Beach office and yelled at congressional staff, according to court documents.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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