Man who threatened to kill Fauci sentenced to federal prison

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a man who threatened to kill the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, to more than three years in prison, the Justice Department said.

Send the news: Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., 57, was arrested in West Virginia last year for sending threatening emails to Fauci. He was sentenced to 37 months in prison and then three years of supervised release.

  • Connally was charged with making threats against a federal official and interstate communications with a threat of harm, the DOJ said in a press release.

Details: Under his plea deal, Connally sent emails to Fauci threatening to hurt or kill him and his family.

  • He sent the emails anonymously through an encrypted email service in Switzerland, the DOJ said.
  • Connally’s threats were also directed at Francis Collins, who was the director of the National Institutes of Health at the time of the emails, as well as state health officials, according to the DOJ.

Zoom in: One of the emails said that Fauci’s family would “be dragged into the street, beaten to death and set on fire”.

  • Another of the threats read: “Hope you get a bullet in your compromised satanic skull today,” according to the CNN indictment.
  • A third email said Fauci would be “hunted, imprisoned, tortured and killed,” the AP reports.
  • The emails also threatened Collins and his family with death if he continued to speak about “mandatory” COVID-19 vaccinations.

What they say: “Everyone has a right to disagree, but you have no right to threaten the life of a federal official,” Erek L. Barron, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, said in the DOJ press release.

  • “Threats like this will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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