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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Maryland Felon Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunition

Admitted Sending Threatening Communications to the President and Members of Congress

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Curtis Portland Litten, age 54, of Huntingtown, Maryland, today to 21 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted person. Litten pleaded guilty to that charge on September 1, 2016, and has been detained since his arrest on April 22, 2016.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Daniel L. Board Jr. of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; and Chief Matthew R. Verderosa of the U.S. Capitol Police.

According to his plea agreement, from January 28 through March 24, 2016, Litten wrote and mailed at least nine cards and letters to the President of the United States and members of the United States Congress threatening harm to them and/or their family members.  Fingerprint analysis of several of the cards identified latent fingerprints belonging to Litten.

In connection with the investigation into the identity of the sender of the threatening communications, a search warrant was executed at Litten’s home.  Law enforcement seized envelopes and unsent greeting cards addressed to members of Congress and signed by Litten, computer printouts of addresses for elected officials, and reminders to write letters to elected officials.  In addition, law enforcement seized: .22 caliber, .38 caliber, and .380 caliber pistols; a 12-gauge shotgun; a .410 bore shotgun; a .38 caliber blank firing revolver; 300 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition; 24 rounds of .380 caliber ammunition; four rounds of .410 caliber shotgun ammunition; and one 12-gauge shotgun shell.

As a result of a previous felony conviction, Litten was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the ATF and U.S. Capitol Police for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer R. Sykes and Thomas P. Windom, who prosecuted the case.

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Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Updated November 22, 2016