ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A Kenai resident was convicted of making graphic threats of murdering the children of an Alaska Superior Court Judge, according to officials.
The federal jury found Steven Bachmeier guilty of sending threats within a mere three hours of deliberation after graphic threats of "carving" children's skin were read in court.
The crime itself first dates back to 2010, when the judge at another felony case of Bachmeier denied his request to withdraw his guilty plea.
In response, prosecutors say, Bachmeier got angry, threatening to “carve the flesh” from the Judge’s children.
Flash forward to 2017, when the same judge was assigned to a new case of Bachmeier, and he doubled down on his threats, this time, in writing.
Bachmeier mailed in a pleading in the case in which he wrote that “I have told her in past I’m going to kill her family, which I still [entend] to do.” (sic)
In a statement, Schroder said, “This case illustrates that it is unacceptable to threaten public servants and their families. We will prosecute those who seek to manipulate others, and the justice system, by making threats.”
The sentencing will take place on April 2, 2019. He'll face a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison, and a fine of up to $250,000, according to the office of U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder.