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United States of America v. Luke DAniel Wiersma
Case Number: 1:18-cr-00088
Judge: Manish S. Shah
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Cook County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Kelly M. Greening and Georgia N. Alexakis
Defendant's Attorney: Amanda Gabriela Penabad
Chicago, IL - Indiana Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Posting Online Threats of Violence at Women’s Reproductive Clinics
An Indiana man was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for threatening to commit violence at women’s reproductive health services clinics in Chicago and northwest Indiana.
LUKE DANIEL WIERSMA, 35, of Dyer, Ind., pleaded guilty last year to posting online threats of violence on at least seven occasions in October and November of 2017. Wiersma submitted the threats through the clinics’ websites. The clinic in Chicago provided reproductive health services, while the clinic in Hammond, Ind., provided counseling services related to women’s reproductive health.
“The defendant’s transmission of numerous death threats to the Chicago clinic and the Hammond clinic is an extraordinarily serious offense that threatens public safety and terrorizes both medical communities and the women who utilize reproductive health clinics,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly M. Greening argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum. “These types of threats have a significant, lasting impact on the lives of many, including the employees and volunteers of the clinics and the patients who visit the clinics for medical care.”
In one of the threats transmitted to the Chicago clinic on Oct. 29, 2017, Wiersma stated, “I will do anything and everything to stop the unmitigated murders of fetuses. I will do anything to stop the atrocities committed by your clinic every minute of every day at your clinic. You are all pieces of [expletive] and I will kill to stop these atrocities. I will blow you up if I have to, burn the clinic down. I will do whatever is necessary I swear to God I will. After that you are in God’s hands and He will do His thing.”
Outcome: MINUTE entry before the Honorable Manish S. Shah: Sentencing held as to defendant Luke Daniel Wiersma. The court orally pronounces sentence. The court commits defendant to the custody of the United States Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a total term of 18 months. Upon release from imprisonment, the defendant shall be on supervised release for a term of 2 years, with conditions as stated on the record. The defendant is ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $17,697.86 and a special assessment of $125, due immediately. Judgment order to follow. Notices mailed. (psm, ) (Entered: 05/14/2019)