Inmate pleads guilty to sending threatening letter to judge, framing another prisoner

Inmate pleads guilty to sending threatening letter to judge, framing another prisoner

(As originally published, Wed, October 18th 2023, 5:08 PM EDT)

ORLANDO, Fla. (TND) — A prison inmate in Florida tried to clear his tracks but ended up pleading guilty to mailing threatening communications to a federal judge.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida reports the judge got the letter from someone with the initials M.S. who was an inmate at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution.

”The letter included violent threats to murder the judge and his wife,” authorities said.

Officials spoke to M.S. and he denied making the threats, so they had the FBI conduct a DNA and fingerprint analysis.

That led them to another inmate, Jeziah Guagno, whose DNA was on the envelope and palmprint on the letter.

Inmate pleads guilty to sending threatening letter to judge, framing another prisoner
FILE – Jeziah Guagno, shown on May 18, 2022, is serving years in state prison and faces 10 years in federal prison. (Fla. Dept. of Corrections)

Also, the prosecutors say, “Known handwriting samples from Guagno also matched the handwritten threats in the letter.”

Finally, they learned the federal judge had dismissed a civil case that Guagno filed.

Guagno, 23, was serving years in prison on charges including robbery with a deadly weapon, attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault, and battery.

Those crimes took place in 2016 in Palm Beach County.

Guagno faces 10 years in federal prison for the threatening letter. A sentencing date has not been set.

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