FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- A Venezuelan man waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Dec. 9, to making threatening phone calls to residents of Newtown, Conn., shortly after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy in December 2012, according to U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly.
Wilfrido A. Cardenas Hoffman, 31, used a voice over IP application on an iPod to call several residences from his home in Venezuela to Newtown claimign he was Adam Lanza and threatening to kill people, Daly said.
In one call, Cardenas Hoffman said: “This is Adam Lanza. I’m gonna (expletive) kill you. You’re dead. You’re dead. You hear me? You’re dead.”
The investigation revealed that Cardenas Hoffman made more than 90 calls to approximately 47 telephone numbers of Newtown residences. Not all of the calls were successfully placed and answered, the U.S. Attorney said.
“As we approach the second anniversary of this terrible event, we remember all of the victims whose lives were lost, and their family and friends who still struggle to manage their grief,” Daly said in a statement. “These threatening calls, just two days after the tragedy, compounded the collective suffering of all of the citizens of Newtown and needlessly stressed law enforcement resources at a critical time. It is reprehensible criminal conduct. We are committed to investigating similar hoax crimes and prosecuting all who commit them, here and abroad.”
Cardenas Hoffman, who was arrested by the FBI in June 2014 at Miami International Airport according to the Hartford Courant , where he was on a flight from Venezuela to Mexico, will be sentenced on Feb. 12, 2015 and faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, Daly said.
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