Pensacola man pleads guilty to threatening to kill federal judge

A Pensacola man faces up to five years in prison after threatening to kill a judge. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Stephen Jay Thorn, 66, Pensacola, has pleaded guilty to interstate communication of a threat to injure a federal district court judge. Thorn faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison. A punishment date has not yet been set.

According to court documents, on October 24, 2022, Thorn, dissatisfied with a court opinion he had read about online, called the District Court judge’s chambers. Thorn left a vulgar, obscene voicemail threatening to harm the judge and his immediate family members.

This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service. The charges are being brought by Special Assistant United States Attorney Joe Wheeler III.

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