SF Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Nancy Pelosi

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    Gregory Lee Giusti admitted Thursday to making more than 30 abusive and harassing phone calls to the homes and offices of Pelosi.

    A San Francisco man upset with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's support of health care reform has pleaded guilty to threatening the Democratic congresswoman and her family.

    Gregory Lee Giusti admitted Thursday to making more than 30 abusive and harassing phone calls to the homes and offices of Pelosi. He spoke to Pelosi directly on March 25 and threatened to destroy her Northern California home if she voted for the health care legislation.

    Giusti entered his plea in federal court to a felony count of threatening a member of Congress. He initially pleaded not guilty to charges in April and cried as the charges were read, looked disheveled and wore a T-shirt and khakis.

    Under a deal with prosecutors, he'll be sentenced Dec. 2 to 21 months in prison and ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Pelosi, her family and her staff when he's released.

    FBI agents tracked Giusti down through his former church, Hamilton Square Baptist in San Francisco.

    Leaders at the church say Giusti harrassed the church with thousands of hang up calls and phone messages for years after he was asked to leave the church in 2005. People who know Giusti say he wasn't a very friendly guy and had a hot temper.

    Court records show in 2004, Giusti was convicted of making a death threat against a train conductor and in 1992, he was convicted for petty theft and perjury.