On Thursday, a man was sentenced to three years in prison for sending Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to the President and head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, threatening emails.

Thomas Patrick Connally Jr., a 56-year-old man from West Virginia, admitted to sending Fauci seven threatening emails to his NIAID work email account through an encrypted email service.

Fauci first received one of Connally’s threats in December of 2020, when he expressed a desire to shoot the infectious disease expert. Here’s another disturbing message: “You and your entire family will be dragged into the street, beaten to death, and set on fire.”

He also reportedly sent threatening messages to other prominent medical professionals in the government including Dr. Francis Collins, and Dr. Rachel Levine.

Dr. Fauci was the target of such significant threats that he even increased his personal security in 2020.

As he was advocating for stringent testing and touting the benefits of at-home isolation during the worst phases of the pandemic, he quickly became the target of ire among those who, incorrectly, found the response overblown.

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