Cantwell, dressed in a shirt and tie and wearing a mask, did not appear to show any visible reaction to the verdict. His defense team declined to comment.
Authorities say Cantwell used the Telegram messaging app to convey a threat last year that he would rape the man’s wife if he didn’t give up information about the leader of a white supremacist group of which the man was a member, authorities said. The Associated Press is not naming the man to protect the identify of his wife.
He was arrested in January on federal charges and had pleaded not guilty.
Cantwell is also accused of threatening to expose the man’s identity and warning “you will lose everything you have” if he didn’t provide the personal details about the leader of the Bowl Patrol. The group’s name was inspired by the haircut of Dylann Roof, who was sentenced to death for fatally shooting nine Black church members during a Bible study session in Charleston, South Carolina.
Cantwell followed through on another threat to report the Missouri man, who has several children, to the state’s child division for drug use and racist views. But an agency official testified at the trial that it did not feel the complaint justified further investigation.
Cantwell’s attorney, Eric Wolpin, on Friday acknowledged in his closing remarks that his client’s language was “obscene” and “over the top.” But he said it never rose to the level of an actual threat, nor was it tied to anything of value.