A Houston woman, Tiffani Shea Gish, has been sentenced to serve 37 months in federal prison for leaving a series of threatening voicemail messages for US District Judge Aileen Cannon, who was overseeing one of former President Donald Trump’s legal battles in Florida. Gish pleaded guilty to the charge of “using interstate communications to threaten, kidnap or injure” on November 9, 2023.
In the voicemails, Gish explicitly threatened to have Judge Cannon assassinated in front of her family for allegedly “helping” the former president. She accused Cannon of assisting Trump, who she claimed had been disqualified long ago and marked for assassination. Gish’s menacing messages were traced back to her cell phone number, and she admitted to leaving them when interviewed by federal officials through the window of her Houston home.
US District Judge David Hittner, concerned for public safety and the protection of the judiciary, handed down the sentence. Following her prison term, Gish will be required to serve three years of supervised release. The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida emphasized the importance of holding Gish accountable for her threats, stating that it sends a strong message against those seeking to undermine democratic institutions by endangering the safety of those who support them.
This case is part of a larger trend involving individuals threatening judges and others involved in legal proceedings related to former President Trump. Threats have escalated since the search at Mar-a-Lago in 2022, with violent online threats targeting US Attorney General Merrick Garland and the federal magistrate judge who signed the search warrant. In another instance, a Texas woman named Abigail Jo Shry was charged in August for threatening to kill the federal judge overseeing Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election.