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Inmate sentenced to additional 5 years in prison for threatening judge, state court officials


FARGO, North Dakota — A prison inmate accused of sending threatening letters to a federal judge and state court officials has been sentenced to an additional five years in prison.

Carlos Kidd was originally charged in November 2012 with two counts of mailing threatening communications. Authorities allege he mailed two separate letters from Texas to North Dakota threatening to kill U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland in Bismarck.

An updated indictment filed in December included six new charges alleging that Kidd sent letters threatening to kill five district court clerks and one state judge. The letters were mailed to officials in Cavalier, Grand Forks, Stutsman and Ward counties in North Dakota, and Clay and Ramsey counties in Minnesota.

Kidd is serving two prison sentences, including 10 years for escape and five years for harassment.

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