Tuesday, November 4, 2003

Death threat to judge traced to inmate

The Cincinnati Enquirer

A Hamilton County jail inmate sent a letter to the judge who sentenced him to spend eight years in prison, threatening to kill the judge and his family, authorities said.

Jessie Collins didn't sign his name to the letter he is accused of writing to Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Mark Schweikert, but he did leave behind DNA.

That led a Hamilton County grand jury to indict Collins, 30, on charges of intimidation and retaliation. If convicted, Collins faces up to 10 more years in prison.

"I'm gonna follow you home every day until I'm good and ready to kill you," Collins allegedly wrote in the June 9 letter. The letter also had a drawing of a handgun shooting a bullet with dripping blood.

Schweikert had sentenced Collins six days earlier to spend eight years in prison after a jury convicted him of felonious assault and child endangering for shaking his 2-month-old son so severely the child suffered a fractured skull, two broken legs and bleeding on the brain.

"I've had people say the sentence I gave them was a crock, but I never had a direct threat," Schweikert said.


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