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08/23/2019 | Press release | Archived content

Kissimmee Man Sentenced to 15 Months for Threatening to Behead Senator Bernie Sanders

Orlando, Florida - U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza today sentenced Robert Pratersch (58, Kissimmee) to 15 months in federal prison for threatening a federal official and interstate transmission of a threat to injure. A federal jury had found Pratersch guilty on April 30, 2019.

According to court documents, Pratersch left three threatening voicemail messages at the Office of Senator Bernie Sanders in Burlington, Vermont. These profanity-laced messages included a threat to 'behead' Senator Sanders, 'ISIS-style,' and videotape the execution. The messages also included numerous anti-Semitic remarks directed at Senator Sanders.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Air Marshals Service, and the United States Capitol Police. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vincent S. Chiu.