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Willcox Man Sentenced for Threatening to Murder a Social Security Administration Judge

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

TUCSON, Ariz. – Jeffery Daniel Gladney, 55, of Willcox, Arizona, was sentenced Monday by United States District Judge John C. Hinderaker to time served, amounting to over 25 months in prison. Gladney previously pleaded guilty on June 29, 2022, to Threatening to Assault a Federal Employee.

During the early summer of 2020, Gladney left several messages on the voicemail of his attorney’s office, threatening the United States Social Security Administration Law Judge assigned to his case. In the voicemails, Gladney threatened to assault and kill the judge, demanding his benefits be approved immediately, and instructing the legal assistant to relay the messages to the judge.  

Federal Protective Service of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam D. Rossi, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.


CASE NUMBER:              CR-20-02119-TUC-JCH
RELEASE NUMBER:      2022-168_Gladney


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Updated September 30, 2022

Press Release Number: 2022-168_Gladney