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Forum staff reports, Published September 02 2013

Man pleads guilty to threatening life of deceased ND judge

FARGO – A man accused of mailing a letter threatening the life of a dead federal judge has signed a plea agreement in U.S. District Court.

In the plea agreement, Michael Howard Hunter pleaded guilty to a charge of mailing threatening communications.

According to information contained in the agreement:

Hunter was incarcerated in a federal correctional facility in New Castle, Ind., in December 2012 when he mailed a letter from the prison addressed to U.S. District Court Judge Rodney Webb in Fargo.

The letter contained a declaration of war against the United States and a threat to obtain firearms to kill Judge Webb, who died in 2009, as well as three assistant U.S. attorneys.

The letter was delivered to the Cass County courthouse in Fargo.

The charge Hunter pleaded guilty to carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

According to the plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend a sentence at the low end of the guideline range.