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Federal Inmate Sentenced to an Additional 10 Years in Prison for Threatening Federal Prosecutor and U.S. District Judge

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

FORT WORTH, Texas– A 58-year-old federal inmate has been sentenced for threatening a federal prosecutor and United States district judge, announced Eastern District of Texas U.S. Attorney Damien M. Diggs today.

Kevin Dean Riedle was sentenced to an additional 120 months in federal prison for retaliating against a United States judge and a federal law enforcement officer. 

According to information presented in court, Riedle was previously convicted and sentenced in the Northern District of Texas for transporting and shipping child pornography.  In 2022, while serving time in federal prison in Loretto, PA, Riedle mailed multiple letters to the Assistant United States Attorney who prosecuted him and to the United States district judge who sentenced him.  In these letters, Riedle threatened, in gruesome detail, to violently murder the prosecutor, the judge, and their families in retaliation for his previous conviction and sentence.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Service and prosecuted by Eastern District of Texas Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean J. Taylor.      

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Updated June 26, 2023

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