A Tennessee man who made threats against House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and his family has been sentenced to 13 months in prison. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Varlan also ruled Tuesday that 63-year-old Glendon Llewellyn Swift of Lenoir City will have to serve three years of supervised release once his prison term ends, according to Richmond TV station WTVR
Prosecutors said that Swift left two voice mail messages at the Glen Allen, Va. office of Cantor in October 2011. The caller, using many curse words, promised to destroy Cantor, rape his daughter, and kill his wife. A Cantor staffer retrieved the messages and contacted U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that Swift's lawyer argued that at the time of the calls, Swift was drunk and mourning the death of his wife. Swift confessed to making the calls several days later when the FBI came to his house.
He pled guilty in December 2011 to a charge of threatening a family member of a federal official. That was part of a plea deal with prosecutors. Judge Varlan also ordered Swift to undergo alcohol abuse and mental health treatment.
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