An inmate in Florida has received an additional sentence after threatening to kill a federal judge and his family.
Curtis Brown, 35, Indian River, to one year and three months in federal prison, to follow the completion of his 30-year state sentence, for threatening to kill a federal judge and his family, and mailing a threatening communication.
Brown pleaded guilty on December 27, 2022.
According to court documents, Brown sent a letter to a United States district judge threatening to kill him or his family. At the time, Brown was in the Florida State Prison in Raiford serving a state sentence. The envelope containing the letter was stamped with the phrase “Mailed From A State Correctional Institution.”
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The return address included Brown’s name, inmate number, and the address of the prison. The letter was addressed to the judge’s chambers and stated that it was sent in retaliation for the judge’s refusal to grant Brown’s requested relief.
The letter stated that Brown would use his “federally funded stimulus” to hire someone to shoot the judge. Brown also said that if he could not get to the judge in time, he would settle for his “child, loved one, etc.”
In a postscript in the letter, Brown further threatened the judge that if the judge told anyone about the letter, it would get worse for the judge. Brown’s name and inmate number were also included in the letter.
On December 3, 2021, upon receiving the letter, employees in the clerk’s office at the United States Courthouse in Tallahassee notified the United States Marshals Service (USMS).
The USMS notified a Florida State Prison’s Security Threat Intelligence Officer about the letter. Upon further investigation, the handwriting on the letter was a presumptive match for Brown.
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