Inmate sentenced again for threatening Amarillo judge

Inmate sentenced again for threatening Amarillo judge

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A Texas inmate who in 2014 sent a threatening letter to a judge in Amarillo must serve nearly 6½ years in federal prison.

Dillon Alex Steele in September pleaded guilty to mailing threatening communications to U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson. The 31-year-old Steele was sentenced Friday in Lubbock by another federal judge.

Steele is serving 35 years in state prison for aggravated robbery and aggravated assault in Potter County.

Prosecutors say an employee in Robinson's office received a threatening letter on April 11, 2014. Investigators say the letter, linked to Steele through DNA and fingerprint evidence on the page and envelope, threatened to kill people and blow up buildings.

Steele later said he didn't mean the threats and wanted attention about alleged civil rights violations behind bars.

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