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US Attorney: Virginia inmate sent death threats from prison

September 12, 2019

POUND, Va. (AP) — An inmate in Virginia has been convicted of sending letters from prison to an official who prosecuted his criminal case, threatening to “put a bullet” in their head.

U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen said Wednesday that a jury had found Red Onion State Prison inmate Randall J. Keystone guilty of sending threats to injure through the mail.

The Bristol Herald Courier reports that evidence presented at trial accused Keystone of sending the letters to the home and office of a former prosecutor who’d handled his 1998 attempted rape case.

Keystone reportedly suggested he’d shoot the official, who’s now an assistant U.S. attorney in North Carolina.

Court records show Keystone was previously convicted of sending a letter to the victim in his 1998 case, but the letter was intercepted.

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