A Florida man was sentenced Friday to eighteen months in federal prison for issuing a series of violent threats to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Paul Hoeffer, 60, of Palm Beach Gardens, was handed his sentence at a hearing in Fort Pierce, Fla., after pleading guilty to three felony counts of making interstate threats against Pelosi (D-Calif.), Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and a prominent prosecutor in Chicago, Kim Foxx, according to the DOJ.
On January 21, 2022, 60-year-old Paul Vernon Hoeffer pled guilty in federal court in Ft. Pierce to making threatening phone calls to two members of Congress and a district attorney.
As part of the plea, Hoeffer admitted that in March 2019, he called a Congresswoman in Washington, D.C., and threatened to come a “long, long, way” to rattle her head with bullets and cut her head off.
On the same day, Hoeffer also called a district attorney in the State of Illinois, telling her bullets were going to “rattle her brain.”
Again, in November of 2020, Hoeffer called another Congresswoman, this time in New York. During this call, he threatened that he would “rip her head off,” and told her to sleep with one eye open.
Hoeffer faced up to 15 years in federal prison, and will serve one and a half years in prison.