Man Jailed for Threatening to Behead Pelosi, AOC
Florida man threatened to cut off Pelosi's head 'jihadist-style'
A man was sentenced on Friday for threatening to behead Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Cook County, Illinois, prosecutor Kim Foxx.
According to NBC News, Paul Vernon Hoeffer made the threats in 2019 and 2020.
In January, Hoeffer, 60, of Palm Beach Gardens, pleaded guilty to threatening the Democratic lawmakers and Kim Foxx, the top prosecutor in Cook County, Illinois, in a series of phone calls between 2019 and 2020.
He was sentenced to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised release in federal court.
In Janaury, Hoeffer pled guilty to three counts of interstate transmission of threats to kidnap or injured.
Hoeffer told Pelosi’s office that he would “come a long, long way to rattle her head with bullets.”
He then threatened to cut off her head “jihadist-style,” NBC News reported
U.S. Capitol Police warned Hoeffer that making threats is illegal.
“You know how hard it is to prove someone made a threat?” Hoeffer responded to Capitol Police.
Hoeffer then threatened to ill Foxx in a series of voicemails.
He also left a message with Ocasio-Cortez’s office, threatening to decapitate her.
Hoeffer was then tracked down by the FBI, who told him to stop making the threats, NBC News reported.
Hoeffer apologized and said he would stop making the threats.
The prosecutors stated:
“Defendant, someone who represents himself as gainfully employed, a hardworking individual with various responsibilities in life, found time to call women to tell them he was going to shoot them in the head or cut their heads off, and that they were going to die.”
“And he did not do it once, but multiple times on multiple days.”
“Mr. Hoeffer acknowledges his wrongdoing and is respectfully requesting leniency and mercy,” Hoeffer’s lawyer said in court documents, according to NBC News.
Hoeffer’s lawyer, Michael Ohle, asked for a sentence below the federal guidelines. He noted that his client had no felony criminal record and has been battling cancer.
The judge sentenced him to 18 months behind bars followed by three years of supervised release.