James Schmidlin, 40, of Cleveland will face four months in federal prison and probation.
He was arrested late last year by Bradley County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with making an arson threat by phone against Democratic U.S. Rep. John Boccieri of the Canton, Ohio, area, according to Associated Press reports.
“The threatening call was made around March 4, 2010, amid the heated congressional debate on President Barack Obama’s health care plan,” according to the charges and AP.
Boccieri was one of eight Democrats who switched positions and voted for the president’s proposal, according to AP.
According to reports, federal prosecutors recommended 14 months in prison, which was the maximum under federal sentencing guidelines. He was placed on three years supervise probation after the four month sentence is completed.
FBI was in charge of the investigation and U.S. Attorney Steven Dettlebach was a prosecutor in the case.