Kissimmee man sentenced to 15 months for threatening to behead Sen. Bernie Sanders

Robert Pratersch

A Kissimmee man was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison today for threatening to behead Sen. Bernie Sanders.

U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza sentenced Robert Pratersch, 58, for threatening a federal official and interstate transmission of a threat to injure.

A federal jury had found Pratersch guilty on April 30.

According to court documents, Pratersch left three threatening voicemail messages at the office of Sen. Sanders in Burlington, Vt. The profanity-laced messages included a threat to “behead” Senator Sanders, “ISIS-style,” and videotape the execution. The messages also included numerous anti-Semitic remarks directed at Sanders, who is a 2020 presidential candidate.

 This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Air Marshals Service and the United States Capitol Police. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vincent S. Chiu.