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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 6, 2014

Wisconsin Rapids Woman Sentenced For Threatening Judge

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Norma Prince, 51, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lynn S. Adelman to three years of probation for threatening to murder a U.S. Administrative Law Judge.  Prince pleaded guilty to this charge on December 17, 2013.

On January 31, 2013, Norma Prince appeared at the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudications and Review in Wausau, Wis., for a hearing in regards to disability benefits.  Administrative Law Judge Thomas Sanzi presided over the hearing via teleconference from his office in Madison, Wis.  During the hearing, Prince became upset and threatened to shoot Judge Sanzi and cut off his head.  The hearing was halted and Prince was escorted from the courtroom. 

Several days later, a federal agent interviewed Prince’s husband who stated that Prince had purchased two .22 caliber rifles approximately one month prior to the disability hearing. 

At sentencing, Judge Adelman stated that the defendant’s conduct was the result of mental health issues which can be controlled through medication and supervision.

The charge against Prince was the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Protective Services.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Reinhard. 

Updated July 14, 2015