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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Inmate-Gang Member Pleads Guilty To Using The Mail To Threaten To Kill Federal Prosecutor And The Prosecutor’s Family

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that Dylan Ray Langley (24, Fort Myers) has pleaded guilty to use the U.S. Mail to threaten to injure an officer of the United States. Langley faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

According to court documents, while serving a state prison sentence for armed robbery, Langley mailed a letter to an Assistant United States Attorney. In his letter, Langley threatened to kill the prosecutor as revenge for his having prosecuted Langley’s “brother.” He also made serious threats against the prosecutor’s family. When interviewed by federal agents, Langley admitted that he had sent the letter and intended to carry out his threats. He explained that the letter’s mention of a “brother” did not refer to any biological brother, but rather a fellow gang member. Langley changed his story after an agent told him that if a state prisoner commits, and is convicted of, a federal crime, then the prisoner must serve his state sentence and then the federal sentence.  During a second interview with agents, Langley claimed that he never intended to carry out the threat and mistakenly had believed that threatening a federal official would result in him being moved from state custody into federal custody.

This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Florida Department of Corrections. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Coolican.

 

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Violent Crime
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Updated June 20, 2019