Florida man to serve 15 months for anti-Semitic threats to Bernie Sanders
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Florida man to serve 15 months for anti-Semitic threats to Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders at a Fourth of July parade in Pella, Iowa, July 4, 2019. (Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
Bernie Sanders at a Fourth of July parade in Pella, Iowa, July 4, 2019. (Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

A Florida man who left threatening voicemail messages at the Vermont office of Sen. Bernie Sanders was sentenced to prison.

The three profanity-laced messages sent to the Burlington office last September included anti-Semitic invective and a threat to behead the Democratic presidential candidate “ISIS-style,” according to court documents and a statement from the U.S. Justice Department.

Robert Pratersch, 58, of Kissimmee, Florida, was sentenced Friday to 15 months in federal prison for threatening a federal official and interstate transmission of a threat to injure. He had been found guilty by a federal jury in April.

Pratersch also reportedly sent Sanders a video of an execution, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

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