A Washington man has been sentenced to five years probation for threatening the family of a Colorado abortion doctor shortly after a Kansas abortion doctor was murdered.
Donald Hertz of Spokane was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in July.
Hertz was accused of threatening the family of Warren Hern of Boulder, Colo., in June 2009. Hern is believed to be the only U.S. doctor who publicly acknowledges that he performs late-term abortions.
Hertz was charged in Denver federal court with making threats across state lines, a felony, and interfering with a reproductive health clinic, a misdemeanor. His case was transferred in July 2010 to federal court in Eastern Washington, where he pleaded guilty to both counts.
Hertz was accused of calling Hern’s clinic and threatening Hern’s family less than three weeks after Dr. George Tiller, who also performed late-term abortions, was shot and killed in Wichita, Kan., in May 2009.