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Brooklyn man gets 3 years probation for sending death threats to U.S. Senator because she criticized President Trump


A Brooklyn man who sent death threats to Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono for her criticism of President Trump was sentenced Friday to three years probation.

Michael Brogan, 51 — who left a menacing voice message at Hirono’s office Dec. 4 claiming he would “put a bullet” in the politician for her criticism of Trump’s stance on reproductive rights — apologized in Brooklyn Federal Court before being sentenced.

“I am sorry and I have been going to anger management and I know its had a significant effect in my life," he told Judge Nicholas Garaufis.

“I can assure you this will be the last time I commit criminal activity because I’ve hurt too many people,” he added. "I will never do this again.”

Brogan told the Daily News last year that he made the call in "the heat of the moment” after seeing a video clip of the senator online.

“I’m going to put a bullet in ya. When I’m in D.C. and you’re there, I got your f---ing mark you stupid b---h,” he said, according to a criminal complaint. “You and your constant lambasting of President Trump. Oh, reproductive rights, reproductive rights. You know what? I’m cursing and I’m in sin because of people like you, OK?”

U.S. attorney Philip Selden said in court on Friday that Brogan has a history of making similar threats, referring to one incident where he cursed out a cop. Selden also said Brogan used choice words with a pre-trial service officer in the Hirono case because he did not like the terms of his house arrest.

Brogan’s federal defender, Michael Schneider, argued that the call to Hirono was "a one time thing.”

“Any argument on behalf of the Government that Mr. Borgan doesn’t take this seriously is wrong," Schneider said.

Garaufis ordered Brogan to spend the first six months of his sentence at home with an ankle bracelet strapped to his leg unless he is traveling to and from work.

“I don’t know if you are sincere about what you just said and I hope you are,” the judge said. “There are many positive things about you and I hope that you will come to terms with your obligation to treat other people with respect.”