Inmate accused of writing 3 letters threatening to kill judge, then signing & mailing them

Inmate accused of writing 3 letters threatening to kill judge, then signing & mailing them

(As originally published, Thu, March 14th 2024 at 4:08 PM)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (TND) — A Florida inmate serving his second stint in state prison could be headed to a federal penitentiary. He has been indicted for threatening to kill a federal judge.

Prosecutors say Marcus Pratt mailed a handwritten letter to “the federal courthouse in Miami, threatening that his associates would kill a certain United States district judge.”

That was in early August 2023.

Then, the next month, he allegedly sent another handwritten letter, threatening that his “associates were going to kill the judge and whoever was at his house when they got there.”

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And the indictment alleges there was a third handwritten letter, the following month, “telling the judge that the defendant’s associates would kill him very soon.

Inmate accused of writing 3 letters threatening to kill judge, then signing & mailing them
Marcus Pratt, shown June 17, 2010, now faces 3 counts of mailing threatening communications and 3 counts of influencing, impeding, or retaliating against a federal judge. (Fla. Dept. of Corrections)

“All letters were signed by Pratt and threatened to kill the judge due to the performance of his official duties and with the intent to retaliate against the judge on the account of the performance of his official duties.”

Pratt’s earlier crimes all took place in Miami-Dade County.

In 2006, he was sentenced to three years in prison for robbery, grand theft, and a cocaine charge.

Since 2010, he’d been serving time for two drug charges, sexual battery, and false imprisonment.

Online records show his release from the Okaloosa Correctional Institution in the panhandle would take place in 2033, and his visitation status has been suspended.

Pratt, 38, is now charged with three counts of mailing threatening communications and three counts of influencing, impeding, or retaliating against a federal judge.

He faces 10 years in federal prison on each of the six counts.

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