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The Man Who Threatened Dr. Fauci Is Going to Prison
A man who threatened to kill Anthony Fauci and other officials at the National Institutes of Health has been sentenced to prison for more than three years. As reported by The Washington Post, the man pleaded guilty in June to making those threats as well as similar ones against President Barack Obama, former FBI Director James Comey, and members of Congress. He’s now been sentenced to 37 months in prison and will have three years of supervised release afterward. In addition, he’ll be forced to pay $600 in restitution, which will go toward the law enforcement officers or institutions that prosecuted or investigated him.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison.
On Thursday, in a federal court in Maryland, Thomas Patrick Connally Jr., 56, was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He was arrested in West Virginia and charged last year with two felonies, threats against a federal official and interstate communication containing a threat to harm. Using an encrypted email service based in Switzerland, Connally admitted to sending a series of emails threatening to harm and/or kill Fauci and his family. It was uncovered that the encrypted email account was connected to Connally, according to the Justice Department.
Starting in December 2020, threatening messages to his work email were sent to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Maryland, with the first email sent with the subject line:”Hope you get a bullet in your compromised satanic skull today,” according to the complaint.
One of the seven emails Connally sent to Fauci in one day read as follows :”You and your entire family will be dragged into the street, beaten to death, and set on fire,” reads the complaint: Furthermore, Connally sent threatening emails to Dr. Francis Collins, the former director of the National Institutes of Health, as well as to Dr. Rachel Levine, assistant secretary for health at the US Department of Health and Human Services. The Justice Department said that the man admitted to sending threats to Fauci and Collins with the intent to intimidate and interfere with their work, and with the intent to retaliate against Fauci and Collins for carrying out their work.
“Everyone has the right to disagree, but you do not have the right to threaten a federal official’s life,” Maryland US Attorney Erek L. Barron said. “Threats like these will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Dr. Fauci, also known as President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, was forced to increase security to thwart the wave of Covid-19 death threats that came his way in 2020.