The man who threatened to kill Anthony Fauci sentenced to three years in prison | Antoine Fauci


A federal judge has sentenced a West Virginia man to three years in prison for sending intimidating emails to public health chief Anthony Fauci, including threats to kill the top US infectious disease official for his handling of the disease. Covid pandemic.

U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Thursday sentenced Thomas Connally, 56, of Snowshoe, West Virginia, to 37 months in federal prison and another three years of supervised release after pleading guilty in May to a charge threats federal. against a federal official.

In an email, Connally threatened that Fauci and his family would be “dragged out into the street, beaten to death and set on fire,” prosecutors said.

In a plea bargain, Connally admitted to sending threatening emails to Fauci, hoping to intimidate and interfere with his official duties as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and get revenge on him. him for his handling of the pandemic, the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

The response to the pandemic by federal and state authorities has been highly contentious across the United States, reigniting a long-running American battle over the status of individual rights, states’ constitutional mandate to police citizens, public health and public activities, such as education. or retail businesses.

There was widespread disagreement between supporters and opponents of measures such as masking and vaccination mandates to curb the spread of the disease, which has killed more than a million people in the United States.

Connally, who accused Fauci of “frightening,” was stressed by his mother’s isolation in a nursing home during the pandemic, a public defender wrote in a letter to the court on Wednesday.

Connally admitted to investigators that he sent a series of threatening emails to Fauci and other state and federal health officials from an anonymous, encrypted email account from December 2020 to July 2020. ‘last year.


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