Idaho inmate sentenced for threatening judge

Idaho inmate sentenced for threatening judge
Posted at 10:36 AM, Sep 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-27 12:36:33-04

Brian Ray McClure, 55, an inmate of the Idaho Department of Corrections, was sentenced Tuesday to 33 months in federal prison for mailing threatening communications to a Washington state judge, according to U.S. Attorney Bart Davis.

Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ordered that the federal sentence begin if McClure is granted parole by the Idaho Commission on Pardons and Parole or on March 1, 2019, whichever is earlier. 

On August 10, of this year, McClure pleaded guilty to mailing threatening communications in violation of federal law.

According to court documents, on April 15, 2015, he mailed two nearly-identical letters to a state judge in King County, Washington -- threatening to kill the judge and his family.  The judge received the letters and reported the matter to law enforcement.  

McClure, who is serving a sentence for prior crimes committed in Idaho, had no connection to the judge, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office