Ex-Candidate Sentenced to Year in Prison for Death Threats

By RANDALL CHASE, Related Press

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A former Delaware political candidate who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nominations for governor and U.S. Senate has been sentenced to a yr in jail after pleading responsible to federal fees of mailing threats to a lawyer who represented his spouse in a divorce case.

Michael Protack was sentenced Tuesday after pleading responsible in August to 2 counts of mailing a threatening communication. Prosecutors sought a sentence of two years in jail. Protack’s public defender requested that he be sentenced to the 2 months he already had served after his arrest in June.

Protack, 64, confronted a most sentence of 5 years on every rely.

Protack’s legal professional described his actions as “regrettable” in a presentencing memorandum and mentioned he’s centered on transferring ahead in his life and never repeating the errors of his previous.

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Prosecutors countered that the threats Protrack made have been focused and deliberate, and the fruits of a persistent, yearslong harassment marketing campaign.

Authorities mentioned Protack, who now lives in Seal Seashore, California, mailed two demise threats to Delaware lawyer Patrick Boyer early final yr. An unsigned January letter was addressed to “Boyer. Little Boy,” with a return tackle of the “Viper Affiliation” at a Wilmington submit workplace field.

“The VIPERS are coming for you. All of us have army expertise and haven’t any concern of the result,” the letter states. “You’re a coward who will remorse his actions. Rely on being useless by June 2021. You received’t know when, the place or how however your finish has been written. Take the time and put your affairs so as as a result of they won’t discover your physique for weeks.”

Authorities mentioned Protack adopted up just a few weeks later with a letter containing a graphic picture of a mutilated physique.

Protack unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for governor in 2004 and 2008 and narrowly misplaced the GOP main for U.S. Senate in 2006. Authorities mentioned Boyer started representing Mary Ann Protack in divorce proceedings in 2018 and helped her receive “safety from abuse,” or PFA, orders towards Protack.

The divorce proceedings seem to have began about the identical time that Protack, a former airline pilot who served within the Marine Corps, was notified that Delta Air Strains supposed to fireplace him.

In a federal lawsuit filed in January 2018, Protack claimed that Delta had harassed and bullied him for years over his union exercise and repeatedly questioned his bodily and psychological health after he was injured in a hit-and-run incident in 2012. The lawsuit additionally claims Delta unfairly portrayed Protack as “obstructionist” for refusing to undergo a psychiatric examination.

The case was dismissed in 2020 after being transferred from California to Georgia. Protack filed the same lawsuit, with out an legal professional, final yr. That case was dismissed in June due to Protack’s failure to correctly serve the defendants.

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