A lawyer for a former dentist from Westmoreland County who believed that Bill Gates was sending brain-damaging radio waves through his computer is asking for leniency when he is sentenced next week for threatening to send the Hell's Angels biker gang after an FBI agent.
Anthony Dinozzi, 45, a former University of Pittsburgh football player who attended the U.S. Naval Academy and later opened a dental practice in Youngwood, is delusional and should receive a light sentence of 15 months, his public defender argued in court papers filed Wednesday.
Mr. Dinozzi pleaded guilty in May to threatening FBI Agent Gregory Heeb, who had called Mr. Dinozzi's mother to tell her that her son had been calling a federal judge and FBI agents in Seattle and urging them to arrest Bill Gates.
Agent Heeb first encountered Mr. Dinozzi in February 2011 when he was called out to Pittsburgh International Airport, where Mr. Dinozzi was trying to board a plane to Seattle to arrest Mr. Gates and his wife, Melinda. He said the flight had been booked by Attorney General Eric Holder and that Mr. Gates was emitting waves through his computer that were harming his brain.
Agent Heeb let him go.
The FBI interviewed him again at his home, during which he again complained of the radio waves and indicated he had contacted federal officials in Washington state and asked them to pursue Mr. Gates.
A few days after that interview, he called Agent Heeb to say he was being treated for mental illness.
The calls to Seattle stopped for months but resumed in January, so Agent Heeb called Mr. Dinozzi's mother to tell her.
That, prosecutors say, is when Mr. Dinozzi threatened to send the Hell's Angels after the agent.
Public Defender Tara Allen said Mr. Dinozzi has apologized for the call, said he doesn't know any Hell's Angels members and is in need of mental health treatment rather than a long prison term.
His sentencing is set for next Wednesday.
The government has not yet indicated the sentence it is seeking.
Torsten Ove: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1510. First Published August 23, 2012 12:45 AM