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Idaho State Inmate Sentenced to 33 Months for Sending Threats to Judge

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

BOISE Brian Ray McClure, 55, an inmate of the Idaho Department of Corrections, was sentenced yesterday to 33 months in federal prison for mailing threatening communications to a Washington state judge, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced.  Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ordered that the federal sentence begin if McClure is granted parole by the Idaho Commission on Pardons and Parole or on March 1, 2019, whichever is earlier.


On August 10, 2017, McClure pleaded guilty to mailing threatening communications in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 876(c).  According to his plea agreement, on April 15, 2015, he mailed two nearly identical letters to a state judge in King County, Washington threatening to kill the judge and his family.  The judge received the letters and reported the matter to law enforcement.  McClure, who is serving a sentence for prior crimes committed in Idaho, had no connection to the judge. 


The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the United States Secret Service, and the Idaho Department of Corrections.


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Updated September 27, 2017

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