Man who threatened lawmaker headed to prison

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty to threatening the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, Eric Cantor, and his family a year ago was sentenced on Thursday to 24 months in prison.

Norman LeBoon, 39, pleaded guilty in November to threatening to hurt and kill Cantor, currently the House majority leader, and a member of his family in a video posted on YouTube a year ago.

The threat was made as the debate on President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare legislation ended.

In the online video, LeBoon said of Cantor: “you’re an abomination, you receive my bullets in your office, remember they will be placed in your heads. You and your children are Lucifer’s abominations.”

Describing himself as the “son of the god of Enoch,” LeBoon told federal agents that Cantor was “pure evil” and that the lawmaker’s family was “suffering because of his father’s wrath,” according to an FBI affidavit filed in court.

At the time of the threat, Congress had just passed legislation aimed at overhauling the healthcare system, which divided Americans and led to numerous threats to lawmakers.

District Judge John Padova in Philadelphia sentenced LeBoon to two years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

During that period of supervised release, LeBoon will be banned from using the Internet and must participate in mental health treatment, the Justice Department said. He was also barred from any contact with Cantor or his family.

(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky; Editing by Paul Simao)

Man who threatened lawmaker headed to prison