A convicted murderer serving a 25-year-to-life sentence in a California prison was convicted of delivering a threatening letter to a federal judge in San Diego, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.
Eric Anthony Lopez was found guilty after a two-day trial in San Diego last week of sending the threatening letter to U.S. District Court Judge Irma Gonzalez.
Because the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California was recused from the case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California prosecuted the case.
Lopez sent the letter to the judge, threatening to “bring death” to her and “eliminate” her by introducing her to “Your Grim Reaper `Old Bacill(u)s Anthracis,’ aka Anthrax.”
The defendant, who was convicted of first-degree murder in 2003, faces a maximum of 10 years behind bars on the threat conviction.
Sentencing is set for May 14.