Man sentenced for threat to congresswoman's staff

Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., walks to the Democratic Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 18, 2010.(AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

May 5, 2011 6:26:50 PM PDT
A Philadelphia man who threatened a Pennsylvania congresswoman's staff because he was upset over his lost dentures will not serve jail time.

A federal judge in Philadelphia sentenced 44-year-old Jesse Keel to three years of probation on Thursday. Keel had previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor threat charge.

Authorities say Keel told a member of Rep. Allyson Schwartz's staff that he was an ex-Marine who could jump on a bus and shoot everyone in the office.

They believe he made the Aug. 25 call from a Philadelphia hospital. The plea agreement says the staff had previously dealt with Keel.

Schwartz released a statement Thursday saying the sentencing was "fair and just."