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Threat Charge Filed In Sandy Hook shooting

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Wilfrido A. Cardenas Hoffman. Photo from federal prosecutors.

Wilfrido A. Cardenas Hoffman. Photo from federal prosecutors.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Venezuelan man has been charged with making threatening phone calls to residents of Newtown, Connecticut, days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in December 2012.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said Monday that 30-year-old Wilfrido Cardenas Hoffman of El Hatillo, Venezuela, was arrested Saturday at Miami International Airport while traveling to Mexico from Venezuela.

Prosecutors say Cardenas Hoffman made dozens of phone calls to residents of Newtown two days after the shooting in which 26 children and educators were killed at the school. Authorities say that in a few calls, he claimed to be the shooter and threatened to kill the person he called.

He appeared Monday in a Florida courtroom and is due back Thursday for a detention hearing.

It wasn’t immediately clear if he has an attorney.

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