NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! The Florida Department of Justice has sentenced the California man who threatened to assassinate Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.
On Thursday, United States Attorney Jason R. Coody for the Northern District of Florida Department of Justice announced that Eugene Huelsman, 59, of Thousand Oaks, had entered a plea of guilty to one count of transmitting a threat in interstate commerce and had been given a six-month home confinement sentence.
“Our democracy depends on the right to free speech. However, it is undoubtedly unlawful for a person to communicate threats of bodily harm, particularly when that person has previously made such threats and been the subject of an investigation “added Coody.
He continued, “With our law enforcement partners, we are dedicated to preserving public safety for all residents.
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There are boundaries to one’s right to free speech, according to Sherri E. Onks, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division. Threats to a person’s life or well-being breach those boundaries.
According to a Justice Department statement, Onks said, “Everyone has the right to express their views, but when you harass, intimidate, and threaten violence against others, it’s a federal crime that will not be condoned.”
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The FBI agent stated that those who attempt to intimidate lawmakers with whom they disagree politically should “take note” of the sentence.
She continued, “Words matter, and this sentence should serve as a warning. “The FBI will cooperate with our law enforcement allies to bring you accountable,” they said.
On January 9, 2021, Huelsman threatened to kill Gaetz in a profanity-laced voicemail message that he left at his congressional district office in Pensacola, Florida.
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Coody stated, “Today’s punishment acknowledges the defendant’s repeated threats of violence and should serve as a substantial deterrent to those who would threaten violence against others instead of participating in legal discourse.
Huelsman threatened to “put a bullet in” Gaetz and his family in the message. The Florida Justice Department claimed that he also declared that he was “coming for” the congressman.
Huelsman is said to have said, “Tell ‘M.G.’ to watch his back, tell him to guard his children,” according to court documents.
“I’m coming for you, so watch your back. You and one of your f—king children will both receive bullets from me, “As per the records, he added.