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Man gets 6 years in prison for tweets threatening U.S. senator

Joseph Hilton Dierks, 34, of Waterloo, Iowa, sent several threatening tweets, which in August last year, authorities said.

An Iowa man Wednesday was sentenced to six years in a Federal prison for posting threatening messages on Twitter directed at the US-Sen. Joni Ernst.

Joseph Hilton Dierks, 34, Waterloo, sent Serious several threatening tweets in August, including one that suggested he would, so the authorities have to shoot. The message contained a link to a 2010 Film in which a man shoots deadly a woman in the head.

After the tweet was posted, US Capitol police contacted the Waterloo police, and the officials sent to Dierks’ home, said, he promised to “tone down.”

US-Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa.

(Associated Press)

But Dierks again threatening messages book within 24 hours, authorities said.

At the time of sentencing in Cedar Rapids, a judge Dierks’ criminal history, of a previous conviction for harassment encountered a Waterloo in the police force and with weapons.

In January, a Nebraska man pleaded guilty to threatening Seriously.

The suspect, identified as Robert William Simet, 64, of Omaha, was arrested last July after employees of the Iowa-motorcycle-shop the FBI said that Simet had made threatening comments about Ernst.

In January, Robert Wilhelm Simet, 64, Omaha, Neb., pleaded guilty to threats against U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst.

Ernst, a Republican, was in the U.S. Senate since January 2015. She formerly served as an Iowa state senator.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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