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[WATCH] Man Who Threatened Dr. Fauci, Other Health Officials Over COVID Sentenced

[WATCH] Man Who Threatened Dr. Fauci, Other Health Officials Over COVID Sentenced

A West Virginia man who had pleaded guilty to sending threatening emails to Dr. Anthony Fauci and other health officials because he didn’t like hearing anyone talk about the COVID-19 pandemic has been sentenced to over three years in prison.

Thomas Patrick Connally Jr. was sentenced on Thursday to 37 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Aside from Dr. Fauci, who currently heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, Connally also admitted sending emails threatening to harm Dr. Francis Collins, former director of the NIH, and Dr. Rachel Levine, currently the assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services who at the time was serving as Pennsylvania health secretary. The emails to Dr. Levine, who is transgender, included transphobic slurs along with personal threats.

Using an anonymous email account based in Switzerland, Connally threatened to kill Dr. Fauci or members of his family, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release. One of the emails threatened that Dr. Fauci and his family would be “dragged into the street, beaten to death, and set on fire.” Another email said Fauci would be “hunted, captured, tortured and killed,” according to court records.

Connally also sent threats to a public health official in Massachusetts and to four individuals who work for a religious institution in Newark, New Jersey.

“Everyone has the right to disagree, but you do not have the right to threaten a federal official’s life,” U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Erek L. Barron said in a news release.

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