Eugene Huelsman, who threatened to kill Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R), was sentenced Thursday to six months of home confinement after he pleaded guilty to one count of transmission of a threat in interstate commerce.
"The free exercise of speech is central to our democracy. However, the communication of threats of physical violence, in this case by an individual who had previously made and been investigated for similar threats of violence, is clearly unlawful," United States Attorney Jason R. Coody said about the case.
Sherri E. Onks, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division, said she hopes others take this case as a warning that threats against someone are not allowed under the law.
"Everyone has the right to express their opinion, but when you harass, intimidate, and threaten violence against others, it's a federal crime that will not be tolerated," Onks said.
Gaetz pointed out in a tweet that another man who threatened to kill him is still free after the DOJ blocked a request for his arrest.
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