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Florida man pleads guilty to threatening to kill, behead Pelosi, Ocasio-Cortez

A Florida man who threatened to behead House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pleaded guilty to federal counts Friday and faces years in prison.

Paul Vernon Hoeffer, 60, of Palm Beach Gardens, phoned in the threats to the offices of the two high-profile Democratic lawmakers in 2019, he admitted in a plea agreement.

He also admitted to phoning in a racist threat to Kim Foxx, the top state prosecutor for the Chicago area, that same year.

Hoeffer on Friday pleaded guilty to three counts of interstate transmission of threats to kidnap or injure, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida said in a statement.

Each of the three counts carries up to five years in prison. Hoeffer’s attorney did not immediately return a request for comment Friday evening.

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