August 8, 2022
West Virginia man gets 3 years for threatening Dr. Fauci, other officers

GREENBELT, MD (AP) — A West Virginia man was sentenced Thursday to three years in federal prison after he accused Dr. Anthony Fauci and another federal health official for talking about the coronavirus and efforts to stop its spread.

Using an anonymous email account based in Switzerland, Thomas Patrick Connelly, Jr. threatened to kill Fauci or his family members, the US Justice Department said in a news release. One of his messages said he would “be dragged into the street, beaten to death and set on fire.”

Another email said According to court records, Fauci would be “hunted down, captured, tortured and killed”.

Fauci is chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Fauci has been a vocal supporter of vaccines and other preventive measures against COVID-19. He said he hoped to retire At the end of Biden’s current term.

Another target was Dr. Francis Collins, who was the NIH director at the time of Conley’s threats. Collins and his family were threatened with physical assault and death if Collins continued to speak out about the need for “mandatory” COVID-19 vaccinations, the Justice Department said.

The Justice Department said Conley also admitted to sending threatening emails to the then Pennsylvania Health Secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine. An unidentified public health official in Massachusetts and a religious leader in New Jersey were also threatened.

“Everyone has the right to disagree, but you don’t have the right to put the life of a federal officer in danger,” Maryland District US Attorney Ereck L. Barone said in a statement.

US District Judge Paula Jinnis sentenced Conley, 56, to 37 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Conley recently lived in Snowshoe, West Virginia.

he was arrested last summer, and Found guilty for making threats against a federal official in May.

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