Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Aniruddha Sentenced to Jail


Aniruddha Sherbow, 44, whose last known address was in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., was sentenced to 33 months in prison for making a series of threats against the Congresswoman. Sherbow entered a plea of nolo contendere on Feb. 21, 2014, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, to two counts of transmission of threats in interstate commerce.

Under a nolo contendere plea, a defendant is convicted of the offense, accepts responsibility, and agrees that the government could prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendant in such a plea, however, does not admit to the facts of the case. The Honorable Reggie B. Walton accepted the plea and sentenced Sherbow on Monday.

Following his prison term, Sherbow will be placed on three years of supervised release. During that time, Sherbow is barred from any direct or indirect contact with Congresswoman Gabbard. Judge Walton also ordered Sherbow to pay $538,282 in restitution to the United States government as reimbursement for security expenses incurred as a result of his threats.

Finally, the judge ordered Sherbow to get a mental health evaluation and treatment, if necessary.
Sherbow was arrested on Aug. 28, 2013, in Tijuana, Mexico. He has been in custody ever since. In addition to New York, Sherbow has lived in California, Mexico, and Hawaii.

According to the government’s evidence, Sherbow had been harassing Gabbard since around February 2011, including making threats via email and telephone. The charges relate to two such threats made in August of 2013.

On Aug. 1, 2013, Sherbow left a voicemail message on the Congresswoman’s office phone in which he threatened to kill her. Gabbard was in Washington, D.C., when she received the threatening message.

Two days later on Aug. 3, Sherbow, identifying himself by name, sent an e-mail to Gabbard and others, including the FBI, that also contained threats directed at the Congresswoman.


[PADA: This was a cry for help it seems? Yet I am not sure who can help Aniruddha at this point? Making threats against a significant Government Representative is not going to end well, but he must have known that going in? Was he trying to get attention? Did he have no idea what would happen from these actions? I don't know! 

The whole thing is very sad, and now that he has been slapped with a $500K fine, his wages will be siphoned off severely -- should he ever get any job, and siphoned for the rest of his life. Of course, who will hire this fellow now? Lots of other ex-kulis have had serious problems, and we think -- in part -- this is due to the issues they encountered from ills within the society while they were growing up. A lot of the parents thought we were "too radical" when we said their children are having problems, but unfortunately, we were right. 

At least we helped -- or even saved -- some of these ex-children, but there needs to be a lot more done to help fix this problem. As such, Aniruddha is a classic "case in point" of our complaints about their mis-treatment and neglect. The court says -- he needs mental help, yah think so? OK really, he needed mental help years and years ago, and a lot more other forms of help than that. In sum he needed major support, but evidently, he never got enough help, or any help. Nor does it appear there is any substantial help on the horizon now, meanwhile, the GBC has millions of dollars to waste on frivolous lawsuits. ys pd]    

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