A Florida man was sentenced Friday to a year and a half in federal prison for issuing a series of crude and violent threats to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Paul Hoeffer, 60, of Palm Beach Gardens, received the sentence at a hearing in Fort Pierce, Fla., after pleading guilty to three felony counts of making interstate threats against Pelosi (D-Calif.), Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and a prominent prosecutor in Chicago, Kim Foxx, court records show.
Prosecutors had asked U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon for a sentence of about 3½ years in prison for Hoeffer. His defense asked for leniency, noting that he was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.
From the Justice Department:
As part of the plea, Hoeffer admitted that in March 2019, he called a Congresswoman in Washington, D.C. and threatened to come a “long, long, way” to rattle her head with bullets and cut her head off.
On the same day, Hoeffer also called a district attorney in the State of Illinois, telling her bullets were going to “rattle her brain.” Again, in November of 2020, Hoeffer called another Congresswoman, this time in New York.
During this call, he threatened that he would “rip her head off,” and told her to sleep with one eye open.
BREAKING: Florida man gets year and a half in federal prison for crude, sexist & racist death threats to Pelosi, AOC & Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx https://t.co/pT91dZIjvZ
— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) April 1, 2022