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

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Former State Prison Inmate Pleads Guilty To Mailing Threatening Communications To Judge

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a former Pennsylvania state prison inmate pleaded guilty today in Scranton before Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley to mailing a letter threatening to injure and kill a Monroe County Common Pleas Judge.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant, Devon Williams, age 25, admitted that while he was an inmate at the State Correctional Institution in Albion, Pennsylvania, he mailed a letter from the prison in January 2014 to the judge’s chambers at the Monroe County Courthouse in Stroudsburg. The letter threatened harm and death to the judge.

Williams was indicted by a federal grand jury in September 2014, as a result of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Judge Munley scheduled sentencing for March 24, 2015.  Williams faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Williams is detained in federal custody pending sentencing.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa is prosecuting the case.

Updated April 9, 2015