Illinois man charged with threatening federal judge in Chicago
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A man in Illinois was charged with threatening to assault and murder a federal judge in Chicago.

Joshua Farner, 35, was charged on Monday with two counts of mailing threatening communications and one count of threatening to assault and murder a United States judge, authorities said on Tuesday.

An arraignment has yet to be scheduled for Farner.


The indictment alleges that on April 18, 2016, Farner sent a letter to a judge threatening to assault and murder them as a means to “retaliate against the judge and impede, intimidate and interfere with the judge’s official duties.”

Authorities did not name the judge in the indictment or the announcement and did not give any reason for why Farner threatened the judge.

Sending threatening mail to a federal judge, law enforcement officer or federal official can be punished with up to 10 years in prison and a fine, according to Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute.

Meanwhile, threatening to kidnap, assault or murder a federal official, judge or law enforcement officer comes with a fine and a prison time of no more than 10 years. However, imprisonment for a threatened assault cannot exceed six years.