(Reuters) - A Florida man was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Friday for threatening to behead U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, federal prosecutors said.
The man, 58-year-old Robert Pratersch of Kissimmee, in September 2018 left three voicemail messages at Sanders’ Vermont office where he made anti-Semitic threats and threatened to kill Sanders by beheading him in an “ISIS-style” video.
Pratersch was convicted in April of threatening a federal official and making threats over interstate communications media in April. He could have been sentenced to as much as 15 years in prison.
A public defender representing Pratersch did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
As far as I can tell, this case got very little attention until the U.S. Attorney's Office in Florida put out a press release on it last week.
Robert Pratersch, 58, was sentenced on Friday to 15 months in prison for leaving these voicemails for Sen. Bernie Sanders. pic.twitter.com/h8KJLGgLT2— Nick Martin (@nickmartin) August 26, 2019