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Oneida County Man Pleads Guilty to Mailing a Threatening Letter

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Richard Hileman, age 39, of Marcy, New York, pled guilty today to mailing a threatening communication.  The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

In pleading guilty, Hileman admitted that on September 3, 2021, he mailed a letter to a woman who lived in Ballston Spa, New York.  In the letter, Hileman threatened the woman not to end her personal relationship with him.  Hileman wrote, in part, “i have 2 different guns and a vest . . .”  and “i told you before if you left me someone will pay people dont really know me once I set my mind it’s set if you contact anyone it will not be nice.”  Hileman further wrote, in part, “. . . if you contact the jail or police your lovely kids wont have a mother i swear on my dead son they cant keep me forever I’ll get out one day.”    

Hileman faces a maximum term of 5 years in prison, as well as post-imprisonment supervised release of up to 3 years.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors. 

This case was investigated by the FBI and the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s Office of Special Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Belliss.

Updated September 28, 2022