connectVideoPowder sent to Donald Trump, Jr. home deemed non-hazardous
A Massachusetts man who sent threatening letters filled with white powder to President Trump ‘ s sons and a Democratic senator of the V. S. was sentenced to probation Friday.
Daniel Frisiello, 25, of Beverly, was sentenced to five years conditionally, with a year to serve in the house of detention location monitoring and recovery, law enforcement sources told Fox News.
Frisiello pleaded guilty in October 2018 to and including 13 counts of mailing a threat to injure the person and six counts of false information and hoaxes.
He was arrested early last year after sending a letter filled with white powder to Donald Trump, Jr in February 2018.
This booking photo released Thursday, March 1, 2018, by the Los angeles Police Department shows Daniel Frisiello, of Beverly, Mass., accused of mailing of five envelopes containing a white powder. Prosecutors are seeking three years in prison for Frisiello admitted to sending threatening letters filled with white powder to President Donald Trump ‘ s sons and others. Frisiello is set to be sentenced Friday, April 19, 2019, in Boston, the federal court.
(Beverly Police Dept via AP)
Trump Jr. the now ex-wife, Vanessa Trump, opened the letter and was briefly admitted to hospital after exposure to the powder. Vanessa reportedly started to cough and nauseated, but she was soon disabled by the doctors and the substance in the letter was found to be cornstarch.
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Authorities say that the letter contained a threatening note that read: “You are a terrible, terrible person. I am surprised that your father allows you to speak on TV. You are the family idiot, Eric looks smart.”
“This is the reason why people dislike you, so that you get what you deserve,” the note included.
Other recipients included President Trump’s other son, Eric Trump, actor Antonio Sabato Jr. and Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.
Officials said they were able to follow Frisiello after the treatment of a “glitter bomb” he allegedly sent to Michelle Dauber, a Stanford University professor who supported an effort to recall a judge who made headlines when he sentenced a student for six months for assault.
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Authorities say that the font used in the letter to Dauber match the letters in the comments filled with white powder.
On Friday, Federal Judge Nathaniel Gorton said he refused to send Frisiello to the prison because of the concern of the 25-year-old would not respond well to the confinement. Frisiello’s lawyer has said that the man is mentally disabled. But Groton emphasizes the phrase is not “smooth”
Frisiello thanked Groton and said that the past year has been “hell” of his family. Plaintiffs objected to the sentence.
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During the period of probation, Frisiello is forbidden to contact the victims in the case, sending letters through the mail, access the internet, and possession of and access to computers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.