Ex-lawyer gets time-served sentence in lawmaker threats

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania lawyer who pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Democrats in the U.S. Senate has been sentenced to time served and a $10,000 fine.

Seventy-two-year-old Kenelm Shirk III of Lebanon pleaded guilty in March to a charge of threatening to murder a U.S. official.

U.S. District Judge Jennifer Wilson took his age and health into account. Authorities said Shirk had weapons in his car when state police arrested him at a gas station near Shippensburg the day after President Joe Biden’s inauguration in January 2021.

He apologized before sentencing, saying “I am not a terrorist. I have no excuse. I should never have said what I said.”

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