A 23 year-old Pennsylvania man was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Monday after pleading guilty to making threats against Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and members of his staff.
The Department of Justice announced the sentencing, saying Hall, who’s from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, placed a series of calls from in or around Yonkers, New York, to Swalwell’s California office, during which he threatened to kill Swalwell and three different members of his staff.
“[H]e intended to come to the Congressman’s office with firearms,” the DOJ announcement read in part, noting that Hall boasted on the calls that he had “a lot” of AR-15s, “and that if he saw the Congressman, he would kill him. He further stated, in substance and in part, that he wanted to ‘beat the shit out of’ the Congressman and that he would find the Congressman wherever he was and hurt him.”
The DOJ went on to say that between September 2019 and December 2020, Hall also defrauded hundreds of victims by falsely representing himself to raise funds for a fictitious political organization, purportedly supporting the reelection of the President.
The scheme yielded thousands of dollars from victims located throughout the United States, including in the Southern District of New York, according to the DOJ.
In addition to the prison term, Hall was sentenced to three years of supervised release.