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Manhattan Man Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Making Threats to Pro-Life Advocates

U.S. Attorney’s Office October 03, 2012
  • Southern District of New York (212) 637-2600

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Theodore Shulman, a pro-choice advocate, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 41 months in prison for threatening to kill two pro-life advocates. Shulman pled guilty in May 2012 to one count of transmitting a threat to injure another person before United States District Judge Paul A. Crotty, who imposed today’s sentence.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated, “The vibrant exchange of ideas that is a hallmark of our society does not include threats. As Theodore Shulman’s sentence makes clear, advocating one’s point of view through threats of violence is illegal conduct that will be punished.”

According to count two of the indictment to which Shulman pled, the complaint, plea agreement, other public record material, and statements made in court proceedings:

On January 14, 2010, Shulman transmitted a threat to injure two pro-life advocates (“Victim-1” and “Victim-2”) by submitting a message for posting on “SecondHandSmoke,” a blog that appears on the website FirstThings.com. The message stated, “If Roeder is acquitted, someone will respond by killing [Victim-1] of [the university] and [Victim-2] of Priests for Life.” Roeder refers to Scott Roeder, who was convicted in 2010 for the murder of Dr. George Tiller, a doctor who provided abortion services. Shulman was in possession of cyanide, castor beans, and rosary peas at the time of his arrest in February 2011.

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In addition to his prison term, Shulman, 51, of New York, New York, was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment fee.

Mr. Bharara praised the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

This case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Kan M. Nawaday and David Miller are in charge of the prosecution.