West Virginia Man Gets 3 Years for 2020 Fauci Email Death Threat

A West Virginia man will spend three years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for threatening National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci in a December 2020 email, the U.S. Justice Department said Friday.

According to a DOJ press release Friday, Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., of Snowshoe, West Virginia, was sentenced to three years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis after pleading guilty to sending threats to Fauci, Former National Institute of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins, Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Rachel Levine, a Massachusetts health official, and a religious leader, from December 2020 to July 25, 2021, via email.

“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 the release. “Threats like these will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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