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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Festus Man Found Guilty Of Mailing Threatening Communications

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that William J. Mabie, 56, of Festus, Missouri, was found guilty today in federal district court in East St. Louis of three counts of Mailing Threatening Communications.

The Indictment in the case alleged that Mabie, who had been previously convicted of similar crimes in the Eastern District of Missouri, mailed three threatening letters to persons within the Southern District of Illinois. Mabie wrote two of the threatening letters in 2012 while he was incarcerated at the U.S. Penitentiary in Lompoc, California; he wrote the third threatening letter while he was incarcerated at the U.S. Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado.

Sentencing has been set for April 3, 2015, at 9:00 A.M. before Chief Judge Michael J. Reagan. The maximum penalties that can be imposed for each count of the Indictment are up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, and three years’ supervised release.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Clark and Special Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Drucker. The case was investigated by the United States Postal Service.

Updated February 19, 2015