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Federal Inmate Charged With Sending Threatening Letter to U.S. Probation Officer in Chicago

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

CHICAGO — A federal inmate has been charged with sending a threatening letter to a U.S. Probation officer in Chicago.

An indictment returned in U.S. District Court in Chicago charges GLENN BOWDEN, 62, most recently of Riverdale, Ill., with one count of mailing a threatening communication, one count of obstructing an official proceeding, and one count of willfully making false statements to the FBI.  Arraignment is set for April 4, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Beth W. Jantz.

According to the indictment, Bowden was incarcerated in a federal prison on May 19, 2023, when he mailed a letter threatening to injure the U.S. Probation officer.  The officer had conducted a presentence investigation of Bowden prior to Bowden’s sentencing on federal robbery charges in 2022.  Bowden in the robbery case was sentenced to more than nine years in prison.

In addition to the alleged threat, the obstruction count in the new indictment alleges that Bowden authored a letter purportedly from his prison chaplain and caused it to be filed with the Court last year in support of a motion for compassionate release.  The chaplain had no knowledge of the letter, which advocated for Bowden’s release from prison, the indictment states.

The false statements count pertains to alleged false statements provided by Bowden to the FBI during its investigation into the letters.  When interviewed by the FBI, Bowden falsely claimed that he did not type or send the letter to the Probation officer and that he knew nothing about the Chaplain’s letter or who wrote it, the indictment states.

The indictment was announced by Morris Pasqual, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Robert W. “Wes” Wheeler, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI, and LaDon A. Reynolds, United States Marshal for the Northern District of Illinois.  The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Corey B. Rubenstein.

The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

Updated March 20, 2024

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