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Inmate adds to length of sentence by sending threatening letters


MALONE - A convicted sex offender currently incarcerated at Attica Correctional Facility was sentenced to 41 months federal prison time on Tuesday for sending threatening letters to four different state supreme court judges in 2010, including Judge Robert G. Main Jr., who also serves as Franklin County Court judge.

Steven Willette, 59, of Schuyler Falls will begin serving the sentence after he finishes an eight-to-16-year sentence he is currently serving for first-degree criminal contempt and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing convictions.

A four-count June, 29, 2011 federal indictment accused Willette of sending threatening letters to Judge Main, as well as Judge Richard Berman in New York City, Judge Katherine Peters in Kingston and Judge Patrick McGill in Plattsburgh. According to the indictment, Willette threatened to blow them up with explosives. He was incarcerated at Mohawk Correctional Facility at the time.

“All of the judges had been involved in the defendant’s previous convictions for first-degree sexual abuse and failure to report a change in address as a sex offender and/or his classification as a level III sex offender in New York state,” according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian’s office.

When Willette threatened Judge Main, he sent an undated letter to him at the Franklin County Courthouse “containing a threat to injure Judge Main by attaching 20 pounds of explosives under his bench.”

The indictment states that the threat mailed to Judge McGill threatened “to injure (him) by attaching explosives to his toilet.”

According to the state sex offender registry, Willette is classified as a level III sex offender from a 1984 conviction for first-degree sexual abuse. He was arrested on March 2 of that year by Saranac Lake Village Police for having deviate sexual intercourse and sexual contact with two victims who at the time were aged four and six years, the registry states.

According to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYSDOCCS) website, Willette was incarcerated on the charges from April 4, 1984 until he was paroled on Sept. 26, 1995. Willette returned to state prison for a parole violation on Jan. 11, 2000, according to NYSDOCCS. He will be eligible for a parole hearing on Oct. 13, 2013. His maximum sentence will expire in 2019.

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