SYRACUSE, NY — A New York man has pleaded guilty to making threatening phone calls to Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, federal prosecutors announced.

Joseph Morelli, 51, admitted to threatening to harm Greene in several March 2022 calls to his office in Washington, DC, the US attorney’s office in Syracuse said in a news release Wednesday.

In a voicemail message, according to prosecutors, Morelli said: “I’m going to hurt you. Physically, I will hurt you.» In another, prosecutors said, he threatened to «pay someone $500 to take a baseball bat and crack your skull in.» In a third call, Morelli said he would «make sure that even if I get locked up, someone will get you because I will pay them,» prosecutors said.

Morelli, of Endicott, New York, was indicted in April 2022 on three counts of transmitting threatening interstate communications. Endicott is a town located about 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of the city of Binghamton.

Morelli pleaded guilty Wednesday and faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced June 1, prosecutors said.

A message seeking comment was left with Morelli’s attorney at the federal public defender’s office.

Greene, who was first elected to Congress in 2020, has been criticized for espousing conspiracy theories and suggesting former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should be executed for treason.

A phone message seeking comment on Morelli’s guilty plea was left at Greene’s office.