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Maryland Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill Fauci, NIH Director Collins

Maryland Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill Fauci, NIH Director Collins

A Maryland man is scheduled to appear in federal court today to face charges that he repeatedly threatened to harm and murder Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins and their families. U.S. government prosecutors allege that 56-year-old Thomas Patrick Connally Jr. sent multiple threatening emails to Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, saying that he and his family would be “dragged into the street, beaten to death and set on fire.”

The prosecutors’ complaint charges that Connally, who was arrested Tuesday in West Virginia, used a Switzerland-based encrypted email service to send a series of threatening emails to Fauci and Collins beginning in December and continuing up to last week.

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On April 24, Collins received four emails from the encrypted address associated with Connally and 30 minutes later, Fauci received a string of seven threatening emails just minutes apart, according to the affidavit. One of those emails threatened that Fauci would be “hunted, captured, tortured and killed.”

If convicted, Connally faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison for threats against a federal official, and a maximum of five years in federal prison for interstate communication containing a threat to harm.

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Fauci is President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser and has been a highly visible government spokesperson about public health measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. He also has become a target of criticism from extreme right-wing politicians and media outlets, so much so that the federal government several months ago assigned a 24-hour security team to guard him and his family.

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