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Federal Inmate Indicted for Threatening Federal Court Employee in Massachusetts

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

BOSTON – A federal inmate was indicted by a federal grand jury in Boston today for allegedly sending several threatening letters to an employee at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse.

Devin James Melycher, 31, has been indicted on three counts of mailing threatening communications. He will appear in federal court in Boston at a later date.

According to the charging documents, Melycher is a federal inmate who, since 2023, has been in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons. It is alleged that on three separate occasions – Dec. 16, 2022; Jan. 3, 2023; and Jan. 12, 2023 – Melycher sent letters addressed to a U.S. official at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston threatening to injure the victim employee.

The charges of using of mailing threatening communications each provide for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Brian Kyes, U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Luke A. Goldworm of the Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated May 30, 2024

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