The US Department of Justice released a report saying that a man named Thomas Patrick Connally Jr. threatened to kill Dr. Fauci and will be getting a sentence of 3 years in Federal prison.
After sending emails threatening Dr. Anthony Fauci and another federal health official for talking about the coronavirus and initiatives to stop its spread, a West Virginia man was sentenced on Thursday to three years in federal prison.
Thomas Patrick Connally Jr. threatened to kill Fauci or members of his family through an anonymous email account with a Swiss email address, according to a news release from the US Department of Justice. They would be “dragged into the street, beaten to death, and set on fire,” according to one of his emails.
According to court records, another email stated that Fauci would be “hunted, captured, tortured, and killed.”
Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a division of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden. Fauci has advocated strongly for vaccinations and other COVID-19 prevention strategies. At the end of Biden’s current term, he stated that he plans to retire.
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Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the NIH at the time of Connally’s threats, was another target. According to the Justice Department, Collins and his family were threatened with physical harm and even death if they spoke out against “mandatory” COVID-19 vaccinations.
The Justice Department claimed that Connally also acknowledged threatening to send emails to Dr. Rachel Levine, who was Pennsylvania’s then-secretary of health. A religious figure in New Jersey and an unnamed public health official in Massachusetts also received threats.
The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Erek L. Barron, issued a statement in which he said: “Everyone has the right to disagree, but you do not have the right to threaten the life of a federal official.”
Connally was given a sentence of 37 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, by U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis. Most recently, Connally resided in Snowshoe, West Virginia.
He was detained last summer, and in May he admitted to threatening a federal official.