A Mississippi man has been sentenced to two years in prison for threatening members of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to court documents, Robert Wiser Bates, 39, of Ridgeland, called the CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. on multiple occasions, leaving threatening voicemails for CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.
When agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed Bates, he openly admitted to making the phone calls as well as saying that he would kill outgoing National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci. The root of his anger stemmed from the COVID-19 vaccination program, according to officials.
Bates was indicted by a federal grand jury and pled guilty on December 19, 2022.