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Man sentenced for threatening store clerks with COVID-19

December 16, 2021 GMT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man who told two store clerks he had COVID-19 and asked if they wanted the disease has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Anthony Nunes, 27, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Tuesday for second-degree harassment, a misdemeanor. He originally was charged with two felony counts of first-degree harassment.

A probable cause statement said Nunes told two store clerks on different days in March 2020 that he had COVID-19. He was coughing and said he had a sore throat and fever at the time.

The clerks told police Nunes made them fear for their lives, KMIZ-TV reported. It was not clear if Nunes ever had COVID-19..

If Nunes violates his probation, he would face a year in prison.