A man from California who sent the FCC chairman Ajit Pai and threatened to kill his children in 2017 was sentenced to 20 months in prison
33-year-old Markara is arrested last year at his residence in Norwalk, California, where FBI agents have found digital evidence that he has threatened the life of the President's children. Prosecutors said the man was upset by Pai's decision to cancel the Obama network's neutrality rules in the FCC era. Last June, a federal lawsuit was filed against Markara in the eastern state of Virginia. He pleads guilty in September. In addition to the 20 months that included time for serving, he was sentenced to three years' release under surveillance.
Even after he has found himself guilty of having qualified him for a reduced sentence under US rules, Markara has been facing jail for more than four years. The Penal Protocol states that a "letter from a chairman" is included in a report prepared by the probation officer of the court. It is not clear what the letter says.
President Pye did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
Judicial records show that Markara wrote to Pai's government email several times in December 2017 after the FCC voted to abolish network neutrality rules. Days before, the committee was forced to evacuate because of a bomb threat from another person.
In an email on December 20, Markara writes, "I will find your children and kill them." The email also included the names and addresses of three schools in the Arlington area of Virginia. However, Pui's children did not attend anyone.
In another e-mail sent minutes later, Markara attached a photograph of the chairman, which includes his wife's and children's frame in the foreground.
During the search of the FBI in his home, Markara tried to erase the data from his phone by starting a factory reset and then lied about it, agents said. But during the interrogation, he admitted sending emails. He also wrote a letter of excuse to Pai, according to court documents saying, "I'm sorry I threatened your children. This crossed the line. I hope you will change your mind about net neutrality. "
After Markara pleaded guilty in September, Pai thanked the Justice Ministry, the FBI, and the FCC Security Officers for protecting his family. "I am deeply grateful for everything they have done to keep us safe," he said.