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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Colorado

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 19, 2015

Inmate housed at Florence Correctional Complex sentenced for threatening to assault and murder correctional officers and their families

DENVER – Theron Maxton, age 60, an incarcerated inmate, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Philip A. Brimmer to serve 100 months in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release for retaliating against a federal officer by threats to the officer and/or the officer’s family member, U.S. Attorney Office John Walsh and FBI Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Thomas Ravenelle announced.  The prison sentence is to be served consecutive to his current prison sentence for threatening federal officers out of South Carolina.

On January 22, 2015, Maxton was found guilty following a three day jury trial of four counts of retaliating against a federal officer by threats to the officer and/or the officer’s family member.  Maxton was an inmate at the Florence Correctional Complex, in both the United States Penitentiary and the Federal Correctional Institution at the time he made the threats.

According to the Second Superseding Indictment, obtained on May 8, 2014, and facts presented at trial, in November of 2012, the defendant threatened to assault or murder prison correctional officers, and in some cases, their families, in retaliation of the officers performing their official duties.  The threats were made in letters, either to the correctional officer directly, or in one instance to a former now released cellmate. In that letter, Maxton attempted to persuade the former inmate to kill the Prison staff members and their families.  In December of 2012, Maxton also said directly to an FBI special agent that if given the opportunity he would try to kill prison staff members.

This case was investigate by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The defendant was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Valeria Spencer and David Tonini.

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Updated July 6, 2015