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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Prisoner at Mount Oliver Correctional Facility Sentenced for Making Threats

Eric Jacob Riggs Threatened a Federal Judge

Charleston, WEST VIRGINIA – An inmate serving state prison time in West Virginia was sentenced yesterday to federal prison time for mailing a threatening letter to a federal judge in Utah, United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced today.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia prosecuted the case following the recusal of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Eric Jacob Riggs, 26, was sentenced yesterday to 60 months in federal prison following his guilty plea on June 29, 2017, to one count of mailing a threatening communication.  The case arose from a letter, sent in July 2015 that threatened a United States District Court Judge in Utah.  United States Attorney Mountcastle commended the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Marshals Service for their investigation and the use of latent fingerprint analysis to identify Jacobs as the perpetrator.  Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ramseyer prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated March 27, 2018