Man sentenced to prison for threats directed at Dr. Fauci

Fox News reports that a man was just sentenced to over three years in federal prison for threatening emails that he sent to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Biden administration’s chief medical advisory and the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). 

The man has been identified as Thomas Patrick Connally Jr., a 56-year-old from Snowshoe, West Virginia.

What did he do?

Connally used an anonymous email account based in Switzerland to send threatening emails to Fauci, Francis Collins – the former director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Rachel Levine – the assistant health secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) – and others.

Connally did so during a period from late 2020 through mid-2021.

The messages included death threats. In one message, for example, Connally threatened that Dr. Fauci and his family would be “dragged into the street, beaten to death, and set on fire.” In a separate email, Connally threatened that Fauci would be “hunted, captured, tortured, and killed.”

Similar threats were made by Connally against Collins, Levine, and the others. Examples have not been provided.

It appears that the purpose of Connally’s threats was to try to get these officials to change their stance on various policies.

Connally’s sentence

Connally was arrested last summer for the threats. He pleaded guilty to making threats against a federal official in May.

Just this week, Connally received his sentence: 37 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.

After the sentence was handed out, Erek L. Barron, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, put out a statement saying, “Everyone has the right to disagree, but you do not have the right to threaten a federal official’s life. Threats like these will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

HHS Deputy Inspector General Christian Schrank also put out a statement saying, “the public, including public servants, deserve the utmost safety and the assurance that they can perform their duties without interference.”

Of course, it is unequivocally wrong to push violence as a solution to political disagreement. But, one wonders whether the Justice Department is pursuing others – such as those on the left who have been targeting conservative Supreme Court justices, for example – with the same vigor.

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