New York man who threatened Ilhan Omar with 'a bullet in her skull' sentenced to prison time

New York man who threatened Ilhan Omar with 'a bullet in her skull' sentenced to prison time
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A man who threatened Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMinority caucuses call for quick action on police reform Amash readying legislation allowing victims to sue officers Democrats call for Congress to take action following death of George Floyd MORE (D-Minn.), saying someone "ought to put a bullet in her skull," has been sentenced to just over one year in prison.

Patrick W. Carlineo Jr., 56, was sentenced last Friday to 366 days in prison after pleading guilty last year to threatening Omar during a call to the congresswoman's office.

“Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood?” he asked a staffer, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York.

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“Why are you working for her?” Carlineo continued, adding: “Somebody ought to put a bullet in her skull."

Carlineo later added: “I’ll put a bullet in her [expletive] skull,” according to Omar's staffer.

When questioned by investigators, Carlineo reportedly expressed support for President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer employees critique EPA under Trump in new report Fired State Department watchdog says Pompeo aide attempted to 'bully' him over investigations Virginia senator calls for Barr to resign over order to clear protests MORE and admitted to opposing what he called "radical Muslims" in government.

Omar, one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, asked for leniency in a letter to the judge in Carlineo's case.

“The answer to hate is not more hate; it is compassion,” she wrote.

An attorney for Carlineo told The New York Times in an email that her client's sentence did not follow the spirit of Omar's request.

“It’s clear [Omar] views incarceration as a last resort — a punishment to be used sparingly and only when necessary to protect the community,” Sonya Zoghlin told the Times. “This is not one of those cases."

“It certainly doesn’t seem fair that a simple guy with no money or connections should pay this heavy a price," she added.