Man who sent death threats to FCC’s Ajit Pai sentenced to 20 months in prison

A man who sent death threats to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai around the time of the agency’s repeal of net neutrality was sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison on Friday, according to authorities.

The Justice Department announced the sentencing of Markara Man, 33 of California, on Friday. Authorities said Man sent three threatening emails to Pai in mid-December 2017, shortly after the FCC’s decision to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order.

The emails sent to Pai, according to the Justice Department, included one where Man accused Pai of being responsible for a child who committed suicide because of the repeal; another where he listed locations near Arlington, Virginia, and threatened to kill Pai’s family; and a third that had an attached picture of Pai and a photo of his family in the foreground and out of focus.

Authorities said the emails were traced to Man’s home, where he admitted to sending them.

Man was arrested in June 2018. At the time, authorities said he wanted to “scare” Pai with the emails.

He faced up to 10 years in prison but will serve 20 months.

“Threatening to actually kill a federal official’s family because of a disagreement over policy is not only inexcusable, it is criminal,” G. Zachary Terwilliger, a U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said in a statement.

READ MORE: 

  • FCC looks to tackle robocalls and spoofed texts
  • Save the Internet Act praised by Democrat FCC commissioners at oversight hearing
  • Why is Kyrsten Sinema bucking her party on net neutrality?

The post Man who sent death threats to FCC’s Ajit Pai sentenced to 20 months in prison appeared first on The Daily Dot.

Share

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close