A former supporter of US President Donald Trump who threatened to murder Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and three other congresswomen in an email received a three-year probationary period and a $7,000 fine from a federal judge.
U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle said that 67-year-old David George Hannon must also receive mental health and addiction therapy.
Hannon was also not allowed to speak to Omar or Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, or Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
Judge Mizelle considered the threat as “heinous and inappropriate in every regard” adding that such behavior has no place in society.
According to sentencing guidelines, Hannon should have spent around 10 months in jail, but Mizelle noted that a probation officer had advised against it, citing Hannon’s displays of regret, lack of prior indiscretions, age, and his health issues.
After the four Democratic lawmakers held a press conference in July 2019 in response to criticism from Trump, who said they should “go back” to the “crime-infested places” from which they came, Hannon sent the email.
Hannon pleaded guilty to threatening a federal official.
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