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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2010                                                PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER                                                                  DIRECT: (409) 981-7902
                                                                                                                    CELL: (409) 553-9881


SAN ANTONIO — A 57-year-old federal inmate has been arrested on charges of threatening a U.S. District Court Judge in the Western District of Texas announced Eastern District of Texas U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

John W. Manning was indictedby a federal grand jury in San Antonio on May 26, 2010 and charged with threatening to murder a federal judge with intent to retaliate against the judge and mailing a threatening communication.  Manning made an initial appearance in federal court in San Antonio on July 22, 2010.

According to information presented in court, in April 2010, Manning, who is originally from the Houston area, was a prisoner of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and serving time in the Garza East Prison Unit in Beeville, Texas for a theft conviction.  It is alleged that Manning, upset with U.S. District Court Judge Orlando Garcia, mailed a threatening letter to Judge Garcia in which he indicated he planned to harm the judge upon his scheduled release from prison on July 22, 2010.  An investigation ensued and Manning was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service for the Western District of Texas.  

If convicted, Manning faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice OIG and is being specially prosecuted by Eastern District of Texas Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Hobbs.

It is important to note that an indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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