A man has been found guilty of threatening to record himself beheading Vermont senator and 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the style of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS).
Robert Francis Pratersch, 57, of Kissimmee, Florida, has been convicted of threatening a federal official and interstate transmission of a threat to injure after leaving at least three voicemail messages for Sanders.
According to a statement from Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez, Pratersch called the Office of Senator Bernie Sanders in Burlington, Vermont, to say how he was going to behead the senator “ISIS-style,” as well as film the execution. Pratersch’s threatening message also contained a string of anti-Semitic remarks aimed at Sanders.
Pratersch faces 15 years in federal prison.
Kissimmee Man Convicted for Sending Death Threats to Senator Bernie Sanders: Robert Francis Pratersch of Kissimmee has been found guilty of threatening a federal official and interstate transmission of a threat to injure. https://t.co/dMzaygi8oO
— FBI Tampa (@FBITampa) May 2, 2019