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Man Sentenced To Two Years For Threatening GOP Rep Over Health Care

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The threat was one of several made in the heat of the health care reform debate. When he was arrested, Pidrman had seen reports of threats against Democrats. He said he was probably thinking, "Let me scare one of those righties."

The judge gave Pidrman twice the sentence recommended by prosecutors in the plea deal, Tampa Bay Online reports. After he is released, he faces three years of probation.

"These threats are disturbing, and they are calculated to interfere with the operation of the community," he said. "It is not an inconsequential matter to interfere with a congressional representative's right to cast their vote freely."

"I'm terribly sorry that it ever happened," Pidrman said before his sentencing. "I very often watch the recycled news shows on MSNBC."

"He gets wrapped up in the news," his lawyer said. "He got wrapped up in the health care decision."

The lawyer asked the judge not to send Pidrman to prison, noting that he has a series of health problems and is alone in the world except for his 11-year-old dog and a neighbor.

(H/T The Hill)