COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A man has been sentenced for more than three years in prison after pleading guilty to threatening to assault and murder U.S. Representative Steve Stivers.
According to the Federal Prosecutor Benjamin C. Glassman, E. Stanley Hoff, 69, of Westerville, was sentenced to 40 months in prison after he left a series of threatening voicemails at Stiver’s office in Hilliard.
In one message Hoff stated , “We’re going to take care of it our way,” and “Leave Obamacare alone or die.”
In another message, Hoff references the June 2017 Congressional Baseball Game for Charity shooting and calls it “only the tip of the iceberg” saying maybe the “next one taken down will be” Stivers.
“Hoff threatened the Congressman and his family because the Congressman was not legislating according to Hoff’s political views,” said U.S. Attorney Glassman. “That is unacceptable in our society. Peaceful political argument or banter is one thing, but Hoff’s conduct was a far cry from that. Threatening to assault or murder a United States official on account of that official’s performance of his or her duties is a serious federal crime — regardless of political party or views. The significant prison sentence that Hoff received today is warranted by his conduct and, I hope, will make others think twice about threatening government officials.”
Hoff was arrested on June 21, when he was charged by a criminal complaint and has been held without bond. He pleaded guilty in October 2017.