This Thursday, a man from West Virginia who had sent threatening emails to Dr. Anthony Fauci, was sentenced to three years in federal prison.
Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr.- the man who threatened to kill Fauci or members of his family through an anonymous email account based in Switzerland, was arrested last summer and pleaded guilty in May to making threats against a federal official.
In one of his emails to Fauci, Connally wrote that 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.
U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis sentenced Connally, 56, to 37 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Connally most recently lived in Snowshoe, West Virginia.
Another target was Dr. Francis Collins, who was director of NIH at the time of Connally’s threats. Collins and his family were threatened with physical assault and death if Collins continued to speak about the need for “mandatory” COVID-19 vaccinations, the Justice Department said.
Connally also admitted to sending emails threatening Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s then-Secretary of Health, the Justice Department said. 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 do not have the right to threaten a federal official’s life,” Erek L. Barron, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, said in a statement.