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California man receives 18 month sentence for emailing death threats to Ajit Pai

By Cal Jeffrey · 13 replies
May 20, 2019
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  1. According to the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, Markara Man sent Pai emails back on December 19 and 20, 2017 threatening to kill him and his family. As you may recall, this was around the time that the FCC repealed net neutrality rules.

    Man, who was arrested by the FBI back in June of last year, had first accused Pai and the repeal for the death of a teenager that had committed suicide. Subsequent emails contained death threats to Pai and his family including specific addresses around Arlington, Virginia supposedly to prove he was serious. His last email included an attached image of the FCC head and his family.

    “Threatening to actually kill a federal official’s family because of a disagreement over policy is not only inexcusable, it is criminal.”

    The emails were turned over to the FBI, which launched an investigation. The address on the emails led them to Norwalk, California. Man admitted to special agents that he had sent the emails from “Stubblemanliness@gmail.com” so that he would sound “tougher,” but that he only wanted to scare Pai and never intended to hurt him or his family.

    His defense of not intending to hurt the chairman was weak to begin with, but his actions after being caught did not help it any. Agents say that after they contacted him at his home, Man proceeded to factory reset his phone to wipe evidence from it. When confronted about the reset, Man lied claiming he said he had bought the phone a month prior and had not set it up yet.

    “Threatening to actually kill a federal official’s family because of a disagreement over policy is not only inexcusable, it is criminal,” said US Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger. “This prosecution shows not only that we take criminal threats seriously, but also that online threats of violence have real-world consequences.”

    Man was sentenced to more than 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to the crime.

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  2. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,180   +857

    Excellent work
     
    Dimitrios likes this.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,118   +1,598

    We all know what Pajit Pai looks like. His picture is on every tech website at least once a week.

    Where's a picture of this Markara Man clown?
     
  4. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,864   +2,169

    You can't go around making death threats, I don't care who it is
     
    SpatulaCity, Darth Shiv and tacobravo like this.
  5. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,429   +995

    Play stupid games win stupid prizes (or "vacations").
     
  6. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,913   +3,364

    Actually not that bad of a prize considering how cushy federal prisons are. They'll likely have better healthcare in the joint then out.
     
    takemaru and Dimitrios like this.
  7. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 768   +375

    Threatening to kill his family is probably too much. Not sure what the problem is with trying to delete watermelon face though.
    Human garbage is the symbol of sold out fcc aiding evil corporations.
     
    lexster likes this.
  8. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,429   +995

    If you're unemployed, homeless, and don't have a family, sure.

    But otherwise bills and life still have to be taken care of in jail...
     
  9. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,409   +2,954

    Somehow, my first reaction was - "oh, was that his mama?"
     
  10. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,292   +3,701

    Hmmmmm ..... I would have thought the fellow should have been nominated for a Nobel Prize ......
     
  11. Cubi Dorf

    Cubi Dorf TS Booster Posts: 143   +51

    I am surprising so harsh for sending stupid email. This is America?
     
  12. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,763   +1,159

    Yes, it is America, where death threats end up in school shootings. You odd 'Murican.
     
  13. That Dude There

    That Dude There TS Booster Posts: 128   +34

    Meanwhile california cop get's 6 months paid suspension for actually killing someone in cold blood. My cynicism is on fire today.
     
  14. lazer

    lazer TS Addict Posts: 235   +56

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