A New York man who made threatening phone calls to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s office last year has been sentenced to three months in prison.
Joseph Morelli of Endicott was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty this year to transmitting interstate threatening communications stemming from voicemails he left for the Georgia Republican in March 2022, the Justice Department said in a release.
Chief U.S. District Judge Brenda K. Sannes ordered Morelli, 51, to surrender on Oct. 2 and to serve a three-year term of supervised release after completing his prison sentence.
A spokesperson for Greene and an attorney for Morelli did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday.
Morelli left seven threatening voicemails for Greene at her Washington office on March 3 and 4, 2022, an FBI agent wrote in a criminal complaint days after the incident.
As part of his guilty plea in February, Morelli admitted to calling Greene’s office in Washington and threatening to cause her physical harm, the U.S. attorney’s office in Syracuse said at the time.
“Yeah, I just don’t think I can go on letting you, you know, cause hatred and poison to people. I really think I’m gonna have to cause you harm—physical harm,” Morelli said, according to the criminal complaint. “I’m gonna have to take your life into my own hands.”