Wednesday, May 17, 2006


Judge threat nets years in prison

`A Colorado prison inmate was sentenced today to 41 months in prison for making a death threat against a federal magistrate judge.

Derek Barringer, 28, is serving a state prison sentence for assault. He had filed a legal action in federal court that U.S. Magistrate Judge O. Edward Schlatter was handling. Schlatter dismissed the action, which angered Barringer.

The prisoner wrote the judge a letter that said, “…I wish to see you dead and as soon as I get out in 65 days I will see to it.”

He drew a stick figure of a person hanged by a rope and the inmate signed the letter.’

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