A West Virginia man was sentenced to three years in federal prison on Thursday after sending emails containing Dr. Anthony Fauci and another federal health official have been threatened for speaking out about the coronavirus and efforts to prevent its spread.
Using an anonymous email account in Switzerland, Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr. threatened to kill Fauci or members of his family, the US Department of Justice said in a press release. One of his messages said they were being “pulled into the street, beaten to death and set on fire”.
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Another email said Fauci was being “hunted, captured, tortured and killed,” according to court records.
Fauci is the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Fauci has been a vocal advocate of vaccines and other preventive measures against COVID-19. He said he expects to retire at the end of Biden’s current term.
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Another target was Dr. Francis Collins, who was the director of the NIH at the time of Connally’s threats. Collins and his family have been threatened with physical harm and death if Collins continues to speak out about the need for “mandatory” COVID-19 vaccinations, the Justice Department said.
Connally also admitted to sending emails in which Dr. Rachel Levine, then Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, was threatened, the Justice Department said. An unidentified public health official in Massachusetts and a religious leader in New Jersey have also been threatened.
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“Everyone has the right to disagree, but you have no right to threaten the life of a federal official,” Erek L. Barron, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, said in a statement.
U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis sentenced Connally to 37 months in prison followed by three years of supervised imprisonment. Connally most recently lived in Snowshoe, West Virginia.
He was arrested last summer and in May pleaded guilty to threatening a federal officer.
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