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Judge Orders Psychiatric Evaluation on Venezuelan Man Charged with Threatening After Sandy Hook Shootings

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
A federal judge in Connecticut ordered a psychiatric evaluation of Wilfrido Hoffman of Venezuela, the man charged with making threatening phone calls to Newtown residents after the Sandy Hook shootings, according to WFSB.

Cardenas Hoffman was arrested on June 21 at Miami International Airport after making numerous threatening phone calls to residents of Newtown, just two days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy that claimed 26 lives.

Cardenas Hoffman's defense attorneys told the judge Wednesday that he received psychiatric care while in Venezuela. Cardenas Hoffman was ordered to U.S. District Court in New Haven on Wednesday to answer to federal charges from a criminal complaint in May 2013 for "threats in interstate or foreign commerce to injure the person of another," according to NBC News. The F.B.I. is investigating this case.

If convicted, Cardenas Hoffman could face a maximum prison term of five years and a fine of up to $250,000. 

Read more about this case by clicking here.

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