Beverly man to plead guilty to sending threatening letters to Donald Trump Jr., others

Donald Trump Jr. and his then-wife, Vanessa Trump, look on during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 21, 2016. —Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images

Daniel Frisiello will admit to sending letters with white powder in them to Donald Trump Jr. and others, federal prosecutors said Friday.

The 25-year-old Beverly man has agreed to plead guilty to “13 counts of mailing a threat to injure the person of another and six counts of false information and hoaxes,” according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office of Massachusetts. 

Frisiello was arrested back on March 1. Since his arrest, he returned home and was monitored.

While the powder-laced letter was addressed to Donald Trump Jr., it was his then-wife, Vanessa Trump, who opened it on Feb. 12. She called 911 after she began feeling sick and was taken to the hospital. The substance wasn’t hazardous.

‘‘You make the family idiot, Eric, look smart,” part of the letter said.

Daniel Frisiello. —Beverly Police Department via AP

Other recipients included:

Sentencing will be done by a federal district court judge, according to the release.

The letters from earlier this year weren’t the first Friseillo had sent out.

Frisiello sent letters to the Trump family during the now-president’s 2016 campaign, authorities said. He also sent two letters in 2016 and five more in 2016 and 2017.


At the time of his arrest, Frisiello’s family told Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Garland that he was on medications, possibly for suicidal thoughts. Frisiello’s attorney noted at the time that his client had “issues” and “difficulties,” but didn’t go into detail.

He said then that Frisiello would not plead guilty.

Portions of an Associated Press report were used in this article.

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