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

Friday, July 13, 2018

Man Sentenced for Threatening Federal Judge

HOUSTON – A 45-year-old man has received additional prison time for threatening to kill a Texas federal judge, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Charles M. Gilmore Jr., a former resident of Missouri, pleaded guilty Feb. 20, 2018.

Today, Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal handed Gilmore a 120-month sentence. The sentence will begin following completion of a seven-year-term he must serve from Missouri state court and another 120 months in Northern District of Texas federal court. Following those sentences and the new 10-year-term received today, Gilmore will also serve three years of supervised release.

As part of his plea, Gilmore admitted that on or about Jan. 25, 2017, he knowingly mailed a communication threatening to kill a federal judge in the Northern District of Texas. He mailed the letter to the Federal Detention Center in Houston with a return address implicating Gilmore who was incarcerated at the time.

In the letter, Gilmore said he was going to kill the federal judge, promising to “make the streets run red in Texas.” He also included a white powdery substance, but it tested negative for any bioterrorism agents.

During an interview with law enforcement, Gilmore admitted to mailing the letter and reiterated his intent to kill the federal judge. 

He has been and will remain in custody.

The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted Imperato is prosecuting the case.

Violent Crime
Updated July 13, 2018