A Pennsylvania man who threatened to take the life of Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA), as well as those on his team, has been sentenced to 20-months in prison.
Twenty-three year old Joshua Hall pleaded guilty on October 28 to charges of making interstate communications with an intention to cause physical harm as well as one count wire fraud. Following his almost two years in prison, he will be subject to a three year period of supervised release, the Justice Department announcement on Tuesday.
On the 29th of August, 2023, Hall called Swalwell’s California office several times, telling staff members he had “a lot of AR-15s; that he wanted to shoot the Congressman; that he intended to come to the Congressman’s office with firearms; and that if he saw the Congressman, he would kill him.”
In June 2021, Hall was charged and pleaded guilty to a 15-month scheme where he impersonated White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx as well as ex-President Donald Trump’s family members, including his son Barron.
In addition, Prosecutors said Hall “defrauded hundreds of victims.” Hall raised funds for a fake political organization, claiming he was raising money for Trump’s reelection. The DOJ claimed that Hall covered his own living expenses with the funds he collected.
The maximum sentence Hall could have faced was five years on the threats, and 20 years on the wire fraud.