YouTube death threat against Rep. Eric Cantor nets two-year prison term
Norman LeBoon, the man who admitted to posting a death threat against Rep. Eric Cantor on YouTube, received a two-year prison sentence Thursday.
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No one was in the office at the time. Richmond police said it appeared the bullet was not aimed at Cantor or his office, rather it was the result of someone firing a gun into the air.Skip to next paragraph
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They said the bullet struck the window at a sharp angle and landed on the floor of the office one foot inside the broken window.
“The FBI has concluded that [LeBoon] had nothing to do with this shooting, which is believed to have been ‘random gunfire,’ ” court documents say.
“Threats against public officials at any time are extremely serious and have the potential to chill political discourse, in addition to seriously impacting the lives of the officials and their families,” wrote Assistant US Attorney Robert Reed in his sentencing memorandum. “Such threats are more serious than threats made to a small group and should be punished accordingly.”
In addition to the two-year prison sentence, US District Judge John Padova in Philadelphia ordered that LeBoon be subject to three years of supervised release during which he must continue to undergo mental-health treatment and be prohibited from accessing to the Internet.
The judge also required LeBoon to be subject to be subject to home detention and wear an electronic monitoring device for the first 60 days of his supervised release.
Judge Padova ordered LeBoon to avoid any contact with Congressman Cantor and members of his family.
The investigation of LeBoon began the same day his threatening video was posted on YouTube. In the days following, federal agents traced the IP address used to post the threatening video from Google to Verizon Internet Services.
They found LeBoon at the listed address. After receiving Miranda warnings, LeBoon admitted making the video. He also told the agents he was the “son of the god of Enoch,” and that god spoke through him. He informed the agents that Cantor was “pure evil,” that he “will be dead,” and that Cantor’s family was “suffering because of [god’s] wrath.”
“It is clear from the competency examination of the defendant in this case that the defendant has suffered from mental illness over many years,” Reed’s sentencing memorandum said. “It is equally clear that when he is not taking appropriate medication, he uses illegal substances and has, to say the least, a very inflated image of himself.”