Kenai man to spend the next five years in federal prison for threat against a judge's family


ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A 43-year-old Kenai man will spend the next five years in prison for threatening in a 2017 court filing to kill the family of a Superior Court Judge with the State of Alaska.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Steven Bachmeier mailed in a pleading in which he wrote: “I have told her in past I’m going to kill her family, which I still [intend] to do.”

During a May 2010 hearing, the Judge denied Bachmeier’s request to withdraw a guilty plea in a felony criminal case. As a result, court documents say Bachmeier became angry and threatened to “carve the flesh” from the Judge’s children.

Bachmeier was sentenced to eight years in prison for the charges to which he had pleaded guilty.

Fast forward to January 2017, the same judge was assigned to a new civil case where Bachmeier wanted to have his name legally changed. When he found out the judge was overseeing this new case, he made the above statement.

This story previously incorrectly stated a federal judge was threatened, when in fact it was a Superior Court Judge with the State of Alaska.

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