Prisoner Accused of Plotting to Kill Judge, Prosecutor

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A prisoner has been indicted on two counts of attempted solicitation of capital murder for allegedly plotting to kill a judge and prosecutor.

Bryan Connelly is accused of writing threatening letters last year from the Middleton prison unit in Jones County, where he was being held for a 2005 check-forgery conviction.

A Jones County grand jury indicted the 34-year-old Wednesday on the new charges.

Connelly allegedly targeted two people involved in his Galveston forgery trial, Tenth State District Court Judge David Garner and prosecutor Donnie Quintanilla.

He's accused of sending letters offering money to a defense attorney to kill Garner and to Garner offering money to kill the prosecutor Quintanilla.

The letters prompted a Texas Rangers investigation.

Connelly was due for release by next year on the forgery conviction but now faces a possible life prison term for each plot charge.


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