DOJ Seal Department of Justice  

United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2009                                      PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER                                DIRECT (409) 981-7902 CELL: (409) 553-9881


MARSHALL, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 34-year-old Texas prisoner has been sentenced to federal prison for threatening a federal judge in the Eastern District of Texas.  

PATRICK NEIL WOMACK pleaded guilty on May 14, 2009, to mailing a threatening communication and was sentenced today to 41 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge T. John Ward. 

            According to information presented in court, on June 21, 2007, Womack, originally from Liberty, TX, was an inmate serving time in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Clement Unit in Amarillo when he mailed a threatening letter to U.S. District Judge David J. Folsom in Texarkana, TX.  In the letter, Womack stated that he was about to escape from the Texas state prison system and threatened to kill Judge Folsom.  Womack was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 1, 2008, and charged with sending the threatening letter.

            This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise O. Simpson.



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