Getty Images | Putra Kurniawan | A person who threatened to kill the family of the Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai was sentenced to 20 months in prison.
Markara Man, 33, from California, was guilty on August 31, 2018 after making threats to Pai because he did not agree with the FCC's abolition of neutrality rules. In an email in Pai, Man wrote, "I will find your children and kill them."
"Respect for the actual killing of a family of federal officials because of a policy dispute is not merely a repeal, criminal," US Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger of the Eastern District of Virginia said in a Justice Department's statement of sentencing today. The case was heard in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
The person is sentenced to 20 months in prison for a time-tested credit, plus a supervised release for three years with special conditions. Those condi- tions include participation in a substance abuse program and mental health treatment as well as the payment of "any remaining balances to his location of financial accountability." will not be allowed to use or have a computer without the probation officer's permission, and he / she must comply with computer monitoring requirements.
Days after the FCC's December 201
7 on the abolition of net neutrality rules, Man sent three emails to Pai.
"The first email that Pai has been accused of responsible for a kid allegedly committed suicide due to the abolition of neutral regulations," the statement said in the Justice Department. "The second email is listed in three locations in or around Arlington and threatened to kill the Chairman's family members. The third email does not have a message on its body, but with an image depicting Chairman Pai and, in front and partial, there is a framed picture of Chairman Pai and his family. The FBI tracks Man's residence emails in Norwalk, California, and was originally facing May 2018, admitted by Man the FBI sent him an email threatening Pai's family. "
is guilty of a crime of intimidation, interfering, or retaliation against a federal officer by threatening the killing of a family member.
When Man admitted threats, he told federal law enforcement officials that he was angry because of the abolition of neutrality because "they were almost ignored, like, 80 percent of the comments … they ignored us, and they did not care, "according to an FBI affidavit. The person's attorney stated that his mental illness actions, telling the court that his client was successfully treating.
After Man's disobedience last year, Pai gave a statement thankful for the law enforcement and FCC security officials "in their efforts to protect my family and me."