BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- The former head of a southwestern Illinois county's Republican Party has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for threatening a judge and was sentenced to two years of conditional discharge.
Richard Swing, 54, of Mascoutah entered the plea to the misdemeanor count Wednesday in St. Clair County.
The sentence requires him to comply with mental-health treatment, pay court costs and stay away from Circuit Judge Stephen McGlynn and the judge's family.
A criminal complaint against Swing in July accused him of delivering a letter to McGlynn threatening to expose the judge to ridicule, hatred or contempt if he didn't recuse himself from a pending case and vacate a court order.
Prosecutors dropped a felony count of intimidation.
Swing and McGlynn have served as chairmen of the St. Clair County GOP.