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Arkansas Prisoner Guilty of Threatening Federal Judges, Prosecutor

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – An Arkansas inmate has pleaded guilty to federal violations, announced Eastern District of Texas U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.

Jeffrey Scott Williams pleaded guilty to mailing threatening communications today before U.S. District Judge Kristine G. Baker.

According to information presented in court, in June 2017, Williams was convicted of mailing threatening communications and was sentenced to 10 years in prison based on a letter he wrote in which he threatened to kill a United States judge. After that conviction, in March 2018, Williams mailed a letter to the federal courthouse in Memphis, Tennessee, in which he threatened to kill a United States judge.  Then in May 2018, February 2019, and March 2020, Williams mailed letters to the federal courthouse in Little Rock in which he threatened two United States judges and an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Williams was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 4, 2020.  He faces up to 10 years in federal prison.  The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.  A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Eastern District of Texas Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan R. Hornok.

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