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Iowa Man Sentenced to 41 Months for Threatening United States District Judge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Ted Earl Severeid, III, 40, of Des Moines, Iowa, was sentenced on December 5, 2022, by United States District Judge Douglas L. Rayes to 41 months in prison, to run consecutively with previously imposed prison terms in other criminal cases. Severeid previously pleaded guilty to Threatening to Assault a United States Judge.

While incarcerated on other charges, Severeid mailed a threatening letter to a United States Judge, wherein he threatened to violently assault the victim. In sentencing Severeid, Judge Rayes noted that Severeid’s communication was “not an empty threat” and that Severeid’s history, combined with his decision to commit new offenses while incarcerated, required the imposition of a consecutive prison sentence in order to protect the public from future crimes.

Upon completion of his sentence, Severeid will be placed on supervised release for three years. During his term of supervision, Severeid will be prohibited from contacting the victim.

The United States Marshals Service conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph E. Koehler and Christine D. Keller, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution.


CASE NUMBER:            CR-21-02308-PHX-DLR
RELEASE NUMBER:    2022-223_Severeid

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Updated December 16, 2022

Press Release Number: 2022-223_Severeid