LeBoon’s statement said in part: “My Congressman Eric Cantor, and you and your cupcake evil wife… Remember Eric… our judgment time, the final Yom Kippur has been given. You are a liar, you’re a Lucifer, you’re a pig, a greedy [deleted by The Monitor] pig, you’re an abomination, you receive my bullets in your office, remember they will be placed in your heads. You and your children are Lucifer’s abominations.”
The statement was posted on YouTube at a time when multiple threats were being made against members of Congress in early 2010 following the heated debate over the health care reform law. In addition, it was posted one day after news reports that a bullet was shot through the window of Cantor’s campaign office in Richmond.
No one was in the office at the time. Richmond police said it appeared the bullet was not aimed at Cantor or his office, rather it was the result of someone firing a gun into the air.
They said the bullet struck the window at a sharp angle and landed on the floor of the office one foot inside the broken window.
“The FBI has concluded that [LeBoon] had nothing to do with this shooting, which is believed to have been ‘random gunfire,’ ” court documents say.
“Threats against public officials at any time are extremely serious and have the potential to chill political discourse, in addition to seriously impacting the lives of the officials and their families,” wrote Assistant US Attorney Robert Reed in his sentencing memorandum. “Such threats are more serious than threats made to a small group and should be punished accordingly.”