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Florida Man Pleads Guilty To Calling In Death Threats To Federal Judge

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A 66-year-old man has pleaded guilty to interstate transmission of a threat to kill a Federal District Court Judge.

Stephen Jay Thorn, 66, Pensacola, faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court documents, on October 24, 2022, Thorn, unhappy with a judicial opinion that he had read about online, made an interstate telephone call to the District Court Judge’s chambers.

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Thorn left a vulgar, obscenity-laden voicemail threatening to harm the judge as well as members of the judge’s immediate family.

The United States Marshals Service investigated this case, which is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Joe Wheeler III.

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