OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A Missouri prison inmate was indicted on charges he threatened to kill a federal appeals judge in Nebraska.
Jeffrey Phillips of St. Genevieve, Mo., was charged Tuesday with threatening a federal judge and mailing a threatening letter to the judge.
Jan Sharp of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Omaha on Thursday identified the victim as Senior Circuit Judge C. Arlen Beam of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Beam works out of the federal building in Lincoln, where Sharp said the letter was sent.
Sharp said he could not provide details about the connection between Beam and Phillips.
The indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Nebraska says Phillips mailed a letter on or about July 13 to a federal judge in Lincoln that contained a white powder. The letter claimed that the powder was anthrax and included threats against the judge and his family.
According to court documents, the letter included the statements: "Enjoy your anthrax"; "You are dead"; and "Your kids are dead."
The indictment says Phillips, 37, sent the letter in retaliation and meant to intimidate the judge.
If convicted, Phillips faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years' probation on each count.
On the Net:
U.S. District Court, http://www.ned.uscourts.gov/
8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, http://www.ca8.uscourts.gov/
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