Facing prison for threatening to send the Hells Angels after an FBI agent, former dentist Anthony Dinozzi used his opportunity to explain himself to a judge Wednesday by launching into a rant about how Microsoft founder Bill Gates has been "hacking the Internet" while authorities do nothing.
"No one will listen to me," said Mr. Dinozzi, 45, of Youngwood, who believes that Mr. Gates has been sending brain-damaging radioactive waves through his computer and needs to be stopped.
Senior U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose listened, but in the end she said Mr. Dinozzi needs to be punished for issuing threats and sent him to prison for 18 months.
"You can't be calling law enforcement and making threats," she said.
Mr. Dinozzi pleaded guilty in May to leaving a threatening voice message for FBI Agent Gregory Heeb, who had called Mr. Dinozzi's mother because her son had resumed calling the chief judge of U.S. District Court in Seattle and the head of the Seattle FBI division to urge them to arrest Mr. Gates.
In the expletive-laden message, played in court by the prosecution, Mr. Dinozzi threatened to beat up the agent and have the Hells Angels attack him, although he has no ties to the biker gang.
He also left a similar message on the voice mail system of the police department in Medina, Wash., the exclusive Seattle suburb where Mr. Gates lives, in which he said he would "blow that building sky-high."
A former University of Pittsburgh football player and Pitt dental school grad who lost his license to practice, Mr. Dinozzi was living with his parents in February 2011 when Pittsburgh FBI agents first encountered him.
Agent Heeb and other members of an airport security team responded to Pittsburgh International Airport, where Mr. Dinozzi was posing as a federal agent and trying to board a plane to Seattle so he could arrest Mr. Gates and his wife.
The agents let him go, but in March they interviewed him again after their counterparts in Seattle said he had been making calls in that district and demanding that they arrest Mr. Gates.
Mr. Dinozzi later called Agent Heeb to thank him for being nice to him during the interview and to say he was being treated for mental illness. The calls to Seattle stopped.
But in January they started up again, so Agent Heeb called Mr. Dinozzi's mother to tell her. That enraged Mr. Dinozzi.
That's when he called Agent Heeb and left a voice mail tirade.
His public defender, Tara Allen, said Mr. Dinozzi needs medical help, not prison.
"Mr. Dinozzi is ill," she said.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Ambrose imposed three years of probation.
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