TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – A federal judge has sentenced a former Trump supporter to three years of probation and a $7,000 fine for sending an email threatening to kill Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and two other congresswomen.
David George Hannon, 67, must also undergo mental health and substance abuse treatment and has no contact with Omar, Pressley or Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, according to a report in the Tampa Bay Times.
Hannon, who pleaded guilty in April to making threats against a federal official, sent the email after four Democratic lawmakers held a press conference in July 2019 in response to criticism from former President Donald Trump, who said they should “go back ” “crime”. -infested places” where they came from.
“He was doing it because Trump told him to,” his daughter Elizabeth Hannon Dillon told the judge during Wednesday’s hearing. “He was a Trump supporter and now he regrets it.”
The threat was “heinous and inappropriate in every way,” said U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle. This kind of behavior has no place in our society.
Sentencing guidelines call for about 10 months in prison, but Mizelle noted that a probation officer recommended no prison time, given Hannon’s expressions of remorse, lack of prior problems, his age and health issues.
“I am very, very sorry and very remorseful for my behavior that night,” Hannon said as he stood before the judge, bent over and shaking.
Hannon sent an email to Omar’s campaign with the subject line: “Your Dead You Radical Muslim,” writing that Omar should get more security or she and the other women would be “six feet under.”
Omar’s staff immediately notified federal agents, but the FBI did not visit Hannon at his home in Sarasota until 19 months had passed and Trump was out of office.
Hannon admitted to disparaging Omar’s Islamic faith, but the judge declined to apply a hate crime sentencing adjustment to Hannon’s sentence, which could have increased the sentencing guidelines.
“I regret targeting Ms. Omar,” Hannon said. “But I have no hatred for anyone, regardless of their race, religion, skin color or nationality. This is the United States of America and whatever people do and say, they have a right to do. But I had no right to write that email.”