Brooke man sentenced to prison

WHEELING – A 42-year old Brooke County resident has been sentenced to 25 months in a federal prison for threatening to harm police who investigated a domestic violence complaint against him.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said the defendant, James W. Richard, admitted to sending threatening letters to a Wellsburg police officer and a Brooke County sheriff’s deputy while he was serving time in the Northern Regional Jail for breaking and entering, domestic assault and brandishing a deadly weapon. The two officers had investigated the offenses for which Richard had been convicted when he mailed the letters.

Richard was convicted of mailing threatening communications. Upon completion of his 25 month prison sentence, he will be on two years of supervised release. He was remanded to the custody of United States Marshals pending his assignment to a federal institution.

Ihlenfeld said that whenever a law enforcement officer is threatened with bodily harm, his office “is going to do everything it can to make sure that those responsible for making the threats are held accountable.”

Richard was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin and investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service.