Inmate Faces 20 Years for Threats to Judge and Editor

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - A Texas inmate faces up to 20 more years behind bars for threatening a judge and the editor of The Dallas Morning News.

A jury in Amarillo found 36-year-old Alan Van DeLaughter guilty of mailing threats to damage or destroy property and another count of mailing threatening communication.

Sentencing is pending.

Testimony showed Van DeLaughter mailed a threat to editor Bob Mong, saying there'd be a disaster at the federal courthouse in Fort Worth.

In June of 2005, Van DeLaughter mailed a letter to U.S. District Judge John McBryde of Fort Worth that threatened to kill him and his family.

Officials say Van DeLaughter mailed the letters from prison near Wichita Falls, where he's serving time for theft, aggravated robbery and attempted aggravated kidnapping.

He was eligible for parole in 2017. His scheduled release date was 2030.


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