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Man who threatened congressman gets 3-year prison sentence

Posted: 10:40 AM, May 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-12 14:40:39Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man who left a voicemail message at an Ohio congressman's office mentioning a June shooting at a baseball practice for members of Congress has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.

Judge Michael Watson on Friday sentenced 69-year-old Stanley Hoff to 40 months in prison following Hoff's October guilty plea to threatening to assault and murder a United States official.

Authorities say the voicemail Hoff left last year at the office of Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers mentioned the shooting in Arlington, Virginia, that injured five people, including Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

Defense attorney Alan Pfeuffer said his client deeply regrets leaving the voicemails and causing pain to Stivers' family.