A man who threatened to murder Fauci has been sentenced to three years in prison, A man from West Virginia was given a three-year prison sentence by a federal judge for sending threatening and intimidating emails to Anthony Fauci, who is the top infectious disease official for the United States, in response to Fauci’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic. The emails included threats to kill Fauci.
After pleading guilty in May to a federal charge of making threats against a federal official, Thomas Connally Jr., 56, of Snowshoe, West Virginia, was sentenced on Thursday in Greenbelt, Maryland by U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis to 37 months in federal prison and an additional three years of supervised release. The sentence was handed down by Xinis in response to Connally’s guilty plea.
According to the authorities, Connally sent Fauci and his family an email in which he threatened that they would be “dragged into the street, beaten to death, and burned on fire.”
According to a statement released by the United States Attorney’s Office in Maryland, Connally admitted as part of a plea deal that he had sent threatening emails to Fauci with the intention of intimidating him and interfering with his official duties as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He also intended to exact revenge against Fauci for his handling of the pandemic.
The response to the pandemic by federal and state officials has been highly contentious across the United States, re-igniting a long-standing U.S. battle over individual rights, the constitutional remit of states to police citizens, public health, and public activities like education or retail businesses. This battle has been going on in the United States for quite some time.
In a nation in which more than one million people have lost their lives as a direct result of the virus, numerous public leaders have been subjected to severe criticism and have been the targets of demonstrations as well as threats because of mandatory masking and vaccination policies.
A public defender claimed in a statement to the court on Wednesday that Connally, who accused Fauci of “fear mongering,” was under stress in connection with his mother’s isolation in a nursing home during the pandemic. Connally accused Fauci of engaging in “fear mongering.”
According to what the investigators noted in the court records, Connally listed on his resume that he worked as an information architect, editor, and technical writer.
The guy revealed to the investigators that between December 2020 and July 2021, he had used an anonymous and encrypted email account to send a series of threatening emails to Fauci as well as other state and federal health officials.
In addition, according to the prosecutors, Connally admitted to sending threatening messages to health officials in the states of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, as well as to Francis Collins, who was serving at the time as the director of the United States National Institutes of Health, and four individuals working for a religious institution in the state of New Jersey.