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21 Months for Man|Who Threatened Pelosi

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Gregory Lee Giusti, who admitted making threatening phone calls to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her family, was sentenced on Thursday to 21 months in federal prison.

Giusti, 49, was indicted on April 18, charged with one count of making harassing and threatening telephone calls in interstate commerce.

In accordance with his plea agreement, Giusti was also sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jeffery White to 3 years of supervised release.

Giusti made a series of calls through the Internet phone system MagicJack to Pelosi's two homes and her San Francisco office, saying, "When you go back to California, you won't have a home to go back to."

Federal traced the calls to Giusti's computer, though he had bragged they were untraceable, saying, "If you're trying to trace it, have fun."

Giusti has 15 previous convictions, two of which are felonies. In 2005, he was convicted of following a woman from a Caltrain station and threatening to kill her.

At his detention hearing in April, Magistrate Judge Bernard Zimmerman said Giusti "obviously has some kind of psychiatric problem."

While his mother, Eleanor Giusti, admitted that her son had problems, she said, "He has never been violent." His mother added that her son had once taken in a homeless man and let him stay in his room.

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