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Friday, January 20, 2017

St. Thomas Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening A Federal Officer

St. Thomas, USVI – Thomas Bitter, 36, pleaded guilty today in District Court on St. Thomas before visiting District Court Judge Juan R. Sanchez to one count of threatening a federal officer, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.


According to the plea agreement, between May and June of 2016, Bitter sent threatening e-mails to a Judicial Security Inspector at the District Court of the Virgin Islands after the Inspector admonished Bitter for sending numerous threatening e-mails to a federal judge in the Central District of California.


Under federal law, Bitter faces a maximum sentence of six years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for March 9, 2017.


This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard E. Potter.

Updated January 31, 2017