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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Tenn. man sentenced for threatening an Indiana judge"

From a May 24th story in the Lafayette Journal Courier:

A Tennessee man has been sentenced to two years in prison after sending an envelope containing a white powder to a Tippecanoe County judge last fall.

Daniel J. Porter, 29, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of sending a threatening letter through the mail.

He was sentenced to two years in prison and three years supervised release by Judge Tom Varlan of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee.

According to court records, Porter sent the envelope on or about Oct. 10 from Knoxville to a judge in Lafayette via U.S. mail.

The envelope addressed to Tippecanoe Circuit Court Judge Don Daniel contained a letter concerning a case assigned to Daniel.

Porter later indicated to law enforcement that the powder was powdered milk and was nontoxic, according to records.

"When interviewed, Porter stated that he had hoped his letter would scare the judge," Porter's plea agreement states.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 28, 2014 09:48 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts