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Man Convicted of Threatening Pope

February 4, 1988

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) _ A man who said Satan told him to kill Pope John Paul II has been convicted of making the threats, but was acquitted of a more serious charge of ″offering violence″ to the pontiff.

Eddie Serrato Vasquez, 27, of Corpus Christi, was found guilty Tuesday and faces up to six months in federal prison at a March 11 sentencing hearing.

U.S. District Judge Hayden Head Jr. released Vasquez on bond and ordered him to undergo drug and alcohol treatment.

The threat was made in a letter to 18-year-old Rachel Ramon stating that the devil instructed him to kill the pope during the pope’s visit to San Antonio last Sept. 13.

Ms. Ramon turned the letter over to her high school principal.

Vasquez later repeated the threat to a U.S. Secret Service agent.

Vasquez testified he wrote the letter while emotionally distraught and repeated the threat because he didn’t want to look bad in front of Ms. Ramon.

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