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A Los Alamos man was sentenced Thursday to more than three years in prison for threatening a judge via email in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.
Court documents say Brian Stacy sent an email to U.S. District Judge John Conway on June 12, 2011, in which he used racial and sexual orientation slurs and stated repeatedly that he was going to kill Conway, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.
Stacy, 31, admitted to sending the e-mail saying he was angry about having been incarcerated, and particularly angry about having been sent back to prison by Conway on a probation violation for failing to take medication prescribed to him for a psychiatric condition. Stacy has prior arrests for possession of an unregistered firearm and numerous probation violations.
The newspaper reported that U.S. District Judge James Browning sentenced Stacy to 41 months in federal prison, which he will likely serve in Florence, Colo. — the last six months of which he will be required to serve in a halfway house setting.
Stacy, 32, who will receive credit for time served for the 25 months he’s already spent in the Sandoval County Detention Center awaiting trial, will be on probation for three years following his release.
Stacy was arrested by the FBI, New Mexico State Police and the U.S. Marshals Service at a Los Alamos retail store back in 2011.
FBI Special Agent David Kice said in the criminal complaint that an e-mail was sent Sunday at 10:12 p.m. to Conway’s chambers from the e-mail account email@example.com. The subject line of this e-mail read “I am going to kill you …” The salutation line read “John Conway.”
The e-mail was approximately 20 lines long and included multiple threatening statements, according to the criminal complaint, including “I kill people like you …”
The U.S. Marshall’s Office made an emergency request to Comcast to determine the Internet Protocol (IP) address associated with the e-mail username, which came back listed to Brian Stacy at an apartment on 11th Street in Los Alamos.
Stacy was not home when law enforcement officers arrived at his apartment so they went to his place of employment at a local retailer and found him in the stockroom, according to the criminal complaint.