A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to just over three years in federal prison Thursday on charges brought after he drunkenly fired shots into Montgomery County Democratic Committee headquarters and called for the assassination of Democrats over what he believed was the stolen 2020 presidential election, Nordot reported Friday.
Anthony Nero, of Eagleville, “spent weeks leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riots and after unleashing his anger over former President Donald Trump’s loss to President Joe Biden on social media, according to posts federal prosecutors unveiled at Nero’s sentencing before U.S. District Judge Karen S. Marston. In court Thursday, Nero wept and apologized for his behavior as he was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for cyberstalking and harassment,” the report states.
“I fully apologize to the Montgomery County Democratic Committee,” the 49-year-old Trump supporter said. “I can’t believe I did that. I can’t believe I terrorized them like that.”
Prosecutors said that Nero raged about the election’s outcome on the conservative message board Parler in posts sometimes punctuated by racial and ethnic slurs and urged violence against Biden’s supporters, and called for the assassination of Pennsylvania Democrats.
Federal prosecutors, led by Assistant United States Attorney Josh A. Davison, opted not to pursue gun charges against Nero, saying the violent, threatening messages he sent the local Democratic Committee before carrying out the shooting were more appropriate to pursue at the federal level.
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