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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Holyoke Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening To Murder Federal Law Enforcement Officer

BOSTON - A Holyoke man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to threatening to murder a federal law enforcement officer. 

Carlos Maldonado, 30, pleaded guilty to threatening to murder a federal law enforcement officer in retaliation for the federal officer’s performance of his official duties. U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper scheduled sentencing for June 19, 2019. Maldonado was charged on April 26, 2019.

Maldonado is presently serving a 42-month federal sentence, a compilation of a 30-month sentence as a result of his conviction for cocaine distribution in 2016, and a consecutive 12-month sentence for his violation of supervised release conditions related to a prior conviction for distributing heroin in 2014. 

If convicted on the charge of threatening a federal law enforcement officer, Maldonado faces a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg A. Friedholm of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

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Updated May 23, 2019