Pennsylvania man who threatened Trump receives 20 years in prison

One of President Donald Trump’s enemies is going to prison — for a long time.

Breitbart reports that Shawn Christy, a Pennsylvania man who, among other things, threatened to “put a bullet” into President Trump, has received a 20-year sentence. 

Christy has also been ordered to pay $1,200 in court fees and over $18,000 in compensation to the victims of his crimes, according to Breitbart.

Troubling history

The crime spree that led to Christy’s conviction took place in 2018, and it began when the 28-year-old made online threats to “put a bullet” into President Trump and John Morganelli, then the Northampton County district attorney. Christy also threatened to use “lethal force” against any police officer who tried to arrest him, Breitbart noted.

Following these threats, Christy went on the run. Allentown, Pennsylvania television station WFMZ reported: “While on the lam, he stole vehicles, broke into a Maryland church and stole money, burglarized a home in Kentucky, broke into a school for the deaf and left a threatening note against the U.S. Marshals Service.”

Over a period of three months, law enforcement agencies chased Christy through six states and Canada before finally arresting him in Ohio.

After being arrested, Christy was prosecuted on 12 different counts for the various crimes he committed, including threatening the president of the United States and transporting stolen firearms across state lines.

During the trial, he represented himself. His defense, however, proved unsuccessful, and a jury found him guilty in November of 2019.

Sentenced issued

Just this past Thursday, a sentencing hearing was held in which Christy is said to have taken more than 90 minutes to object to the details of his pre-sentence report. He also is reported to have said that he was aware that the government did not like him and that he felt dehumanized.

Nonetheless, a federal judge handed down a penalty of 20 years in federal prison, telling Christy that he was “painting a picture of a man to be feared,” according to reports.

Harrisburg CBS affiliate WHP reported that during the sentencing hearing, Christy’s mother asked the court for leniency, claiming that her son suffered from cognitive and mental health issues. Accordingly, the judge recommended that Christy serve his time in North Carolina’s Butner prison, where he will receive mental health treatment.

It looks like another criminal has ended up exactly where he belongs: behind bars.

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