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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 10, 2013

Estrade Indictment

BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr. announced that an Indictment was returned today against GERALD ESTRADE for threatening to murder a former federal law enforcement officer in violation of federal law. A complaint was filed and arrest warrant issued on January 8, 2013 and Estrade was taken into federal custody at that time.

Gerald Estrade, 56, Baton Rouge, LA is charged with threatening to kill the former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, James “Jim” Letten, and his family.

If convicted, Estrade faces a maximum penalty of a term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a $250,000 fine, or both, and a mandatory special assessment of $100. Additionally, he may be required to serve a term of supervised release of three (3) years.

This investigation is being handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer M. Kleinpeter, who serves as a Deputy Criminal Chief.