Montana man who threatened municipal judge gets 10 years
BOZEMAN, Mont. —
A man convicted of threatening a Bozeman Municipal Court judge over fines owed in a years-old disorderly conduct case has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports 46-year-old James King was sentenced Friday and will not be eligible for parole for the first five years of his term. He was convicted in February of threats and other improper influence in official and political matters.
Prosecutors say King left a note at Judge Karl Seel's house in March 2017 trying to persuade him to vacate his conviction or dismiss $235 in fines and fees. The letter said King would stop at nothing to have Seel removed from the bench and disbarred or criminally prosecuted.
King also allegedly told an FBI informant that he was going to attack and shoot Seel.