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Federal Inmate Sentenced To 77 More Months In Prison For Mailing Threatening Letters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2010

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, May 26, 2010, that Phillip C. Clayton, an inmate of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, has been sentenced in federal court in Pittsburgh to 77 months imprisonment, to run consecutive to a 36‑month sentence that was imposed earlier on his conviction for failure to register as a sex offender, and three years supervised release on his conviction of mailing threatening communications.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Clayton, age 36.

According to information presented to the court by Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr.,  on July 1, 2009, while incarcerated at the Cambria County Prison, Clayton sent a letter to the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania that contained threats to injure the President of the United States, the United States Judge assigned to his pending criminal case, the assistant federal public defender assigned to his pending criminal case, and the investigator working on his pending criminal case with the assistant federal public defender.

Further, on November 30, 2009, while incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Victorville, California, Clayton sent a letter to the United States district court clerk in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, that contained threats to injure a United States Judge, a courtroom deputy, and individuals employed within the Cambria County Prison.  Also, on November 30, 2009, he sent a separate letter addressed to a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Cambria County that contained threats to injure the Judge and certain individuals employed within the Cambria County Prison.

In addition, on January 14 and 19, 2010, while incarcerated at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center (NEOCC), Clayton mailed letters to the United States district court clerk in Youngstown, Ohio.  The first letter threatened to kill the President Judge, the Court Clerk, the Warden at NEOCC, a correctional officer at NEOCC, and the President of the United States.  The second letter threatened to kill the NEOCC Warden and two correctional officers there, the Warden at the Allegheny County Jail, a Cambria County Common Pleas Judge and the President Judge of the United States district court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Mr. Cessar commended the United States Marshals Service and the United States Secret Service for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Clayton.

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