Calif. Man Gets 21 Months for Pelosi Threats

House speaker approves plea deal for Gregory Giusti
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2010 3:48 AM CST
Gregory Lee Giusti, 49, has admitted making more than 30 abusive and harassing phone calls to the homes and offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.    (AP Photo/San Mateo Sheriff's office, file)

(Newser) – A San Francisco man who made dozens of threatening and abusive phone calls to Nancy Pelosi's home and offices has been sentenced to 21 months in a federal prison. Gregory Lee Giusti, 49, threatened to destroy the House speaker's home if she continued to support health care reform, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

A spokesman for Pelosi says she approved the plea deal, which came after Giusti—who was jailed in 2004 for threatening to kill a train conductor—pleaded guilty to a felony charge of impeding or retaliating against a member of Congress. After his arrest earlier this year, Giusti's mother blamed his actions on Fox News.

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