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

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

New Windsor Man Charged With Threatening Federal Judge And Federal Prosecutor

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that CLINT EDWARDS was charged yesterday in two counts with threatening a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York and threatening an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

On November 30, 2018, EDWARDS was sentenced in federal court on a separate criminal charge.  EDWARDS disrupted the sentencing proceeding by threatening to assault, murder, and otherwise harm the United States District Judge who was imposing the sentence and the Assistant United States Attorney who was prosecuting the case. 

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman stated:  “The safety of our prosecutors and federal judges is of paramount importance, and any threats made against them will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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EDWARDS, 28, of New Windsor, New York, is charged with one count of threatening to assault and murder a United States judge and one count of threatening to assault and murder a federal law enforcement officer.  Each count carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.   The statutory maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant would be determined by the judge.

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the U.S. Marshals Service and the Special Agents of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

This case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit.  Assistant United States Attorney Peter J. Davis is in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Updated January 9, 2019