|Re; 11/12/14 - Hartford Courant: Florida Man Charged With Mailing Death Threats To Gov. Malloy, Federal Judges|
Florida Man Charged With Mailing Death Threats To Gov. Malloy, Federal Judges
By David Moran
Fla. man indicted on charges of mailing death threats to 15 CT residents, including Gov., 2 federal judges
HARTFORD - A 35-year old Florida man has been indicted for mailing numerous letters threatening death to 15 Connecticut residents, including two federal judges and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
Garrett Santillo, 35, recently of Hollywood, Fla., appeared before a federal judge in Hartford Wednesday on numerous counts of writing and mailing threatening letters, according to the office of United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly.
According to the indictment, a federal judge received a letter by mail on July 15 at his Connecticut residence postmarked from the Miami area containing demands for action and threatening death if those demands were not met. The letter did not contain a return address.
"You (sic) home address in Conn. are public information and if you mask your identity by name or appearance, we can still track you wherever you go and will kill you if you don't follow what this letter instructs," the letter stated.
Following the receipt of that letter, Santillo is alleged to have sent letters to 14 other Connecticut residents, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and another federal judge, with similar demands and threats.
The nine-count indictment against Santillo includes two charges of impeding, intimidating, influencing or retailing against a federal judge by threats, which carries a maximum prison term of 10 years per count, and seven counts of mailing threatening communications, one of which carries a maximum prison term of 10 years and the other five maximum terms of five years each. Santillo has been in custody since his arrest on the charges on Sept. 29.
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