Man sentenced to federal prison for continuous threats to police and KBTX staff

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HOUSTON, Tex. (KBTX) - A former Brazos Valley resident will spend more than three years in federal prison after years of making threats to local law enforcement, KBTX, its staff, and other members of the community.

Jason Bewley appeared in a federal courtroom in Houston Monday. He was sentenced to 37 months in a federal penitentiary.

Following his sentence, he will be on supervised release for three years.

During that time, Bewley is required to submit to mental health treatment including anger management. Bewley’s life and finances will also be subject to scrutiny from his probation officer and the US Attorney’s Office.

He is barred from contacting any current or future staff of KBTX or the Bryan Police Department.

Bewley, 47, was arrested in late June in North Carolina. Federal authorities tracked him down for making threats against KBTX. For the better part of a decade, Bewley has continued his brutal harassment on a newsroom that is deeply committed to serving the Brazos Valley.

In 2008, he was arrested after throwing a cinder block into a back door at KBTX and into the front windshield of a live van. He started harassing station employees and, over the years, that harassment hasn't stopped.

Agents with the FBI found and arrested Bewley in North Carolina in June for calling and emailing threats against former KBTX General Manager Mike Wright and station staff. His threats also extended to Brazos Valley law enforcement and community members.

A federal indictment details threats to split open Wright's skull, rape a staff member and "burn KBTX to the ground."

Its been commonplace for years at KBTX for Bewley to call, sometimes hundreds of times in a row, with obscenity-laced tirades threatening to rape and murder newsroom team members. He also sent emails, sometimes to hundreds of people, accusing KBTX of recording Brazos Valley residents through their televisions.

Those emails went so far as to target the universities KBTX staff attended, alleging to professors and deans that their former students had, among other disgusting charges, delved into producing illegal pornography.

Bewley also often emailed the colleges where local law enforcement leaders attended, claiming collusion on the part of the public servants and KBTX.