Man Caught Threatening Matt Gaetz Has Just Learned His Fate

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A California man who left a message threatening to kill Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz learned his fate a hard way.

On Thursday, prosecutors said that 59-year-old Eugene Huelsman, a former camera guy for ABC, NBC, and CNN, has been sentenced to six months of home confinement and fined $10,000 for threatening to kill US Representative Matt Gaetz, who is 40 years old and from Florida.

Huelsman, of Thousand Oaks, California, who threatened to “put a bullet in” Gaetz and his future children pleaded guilty in October to a felony interstate threats charge for leaving a threatening voicemail message at Gaetz’ district office in Pensacola, Florida, Politico reported.

Huelsman told Gaetz’s office on Jan. 9, 2021, according to the two-page indictment shielding the lawmaker’s name as “M.G.” that was obtained by Law & Crime:

“Tell [M.G.] to watch his back, tell him to watch his children. I’m coming for him, he’s gonna fucking die… I’m gonna fucking kill him… Watch your back, I’m coming for you. I’m gonna put a bullet in you and I’m gonna put a bullet in one of your fucking kids too.”

The indictment was filed under seal in May 2021, but there was no effort to arrest him until Congressman Matt Gaetz complained on the House floor about the Justice Department not taking threats against him seriously enough.

“I think someone may be trying to kill me and if they are successful I would like my constituents and my family to know who stopped their arrest,” Gaetz said last October.

More details of this report from NBC News:

A California man who left a message threatening to kill Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz was sentenced to home confinement and fined $10,000 Thursday, prosecutors said.

Eugene Huelsman left the voicemail for Gaetz, R-Fla., on Jan. 9, 2021, three days after a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol.

Huelsman, 59, of Thousand Oaks near Los Angeles, said, in part, “I’m gonna put a bullet in you,” and he called Gaetz a “tyrant,” according to court documents.

Huelsman pleaded guilty to one count of transmission of a threat in interstate commerce in April.

He was sentenced to six months’ home confinement and five years of probation and fined $10,000, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida said.

The probe also revealed that Huelsman previously had been investigated by the United States Secret Service for threatening a member of a former president’s family on social media.

“Words matter and this sentencing should serve as a warning. Everyone has the right to express their opinion, but when you harass, intimidate, and threaten violence against others, it’s a federal crime that will not be tolerated,” Sherri E. Onks, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division, said.

“The FBI and our law enforcement partners will work to hold you accountable.”

Sources: TheGatewayPundit, NBC News, Law & Crime,  Politico

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