California man who sent death threats to Ajit Pai gets 20 months in prison
A man who sent emails threatening to kill the family of Federal Communications Commissionhas been sentenced to more than one and a half years in prison.
Markara Man, 33, of Norwalk, California, sent emails in late 2017 alleging that Pai had caused a minor’s suicide byand threatening to kill Pai’s family,
He also sent an email containing an image of Pai and his family, officials said.
Man pleaded guilty to sending the emails in August.
“Online threats of violence have real-world consequences,” G. Zachary Terwilliger, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said in a statement on Friday . “Threatening to actually kill a federal official’s family because of a disagreement over policy is not only inexcusable, it is criminal.”
When traced by the FBI, the US Attorney’s Office said Man did a factory-reset on his cellphone before it was seized.
Sentencing minutes posted by Ars Technica (PDF) show he was sentenced to 20 months in prison.
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