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Prisoner accused of threatening a federal judge

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Man is serving time in Anamosa for robbery.

Posted: Apr 9, 2018 12:24 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2018 12:27 PM

DAVENPORT, Iowa – A state prisoner is charged with threatening to kill a federal judge.

Matthew James Howard, 31, is serving time in Anamosa State Penitentiary for a 2nd degree robbery conviction in Wapello County. He was indicted on Thursday by a federal grand jury for threats against a federal judge. Howard is accused of mailing a letter on November 30, 2017, that threatened to kill Judge Linda R. Reade.

Reade is a U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Iowa, based in Cedar Rapids. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Howard faces up to 10 years in prison if he is found guilty.

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