Simon Peter Long, 32, was sentenced to more than seven years in prison. He pleaded guilty in June to a charge of mailing a threatening communication to Graham and faced a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.
Senior U.S. District Judge G. Ross Anderson noted that Long told FBI agents that he had purchased a .30-06 Ruger rifle and a scope six months before he sent the letter to Graham’s office in November 2012.
Long was arrested in September 2012 on several state charges.
Two FBI agents interviewed Long on Nov. 28, 2012 – the same day Graham’s office received his letter. Long told the agents that he also had sent a letter threatening to kill President Obama, but that letter apparently was never received.
Long will receive credit for the time he has served in the Pickens County jail during the past year.
After completing his federal sentence, he will be placed on supervised release for three years.