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2 sentenced for threatening judges on Facebook

Wednesday - 12/4/2013, 1:17am  ET

CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA
Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Two men who prosecutors say discussed killing two judges on Facebook have each been sentenced to three years in prison.

Twenty-year-old Zachary Mitchell of Brooklyn Park and 26-year-old Justin Ferrell of Pasadena were sentenced Monday in an Anne Arundel County Court. Both pleaded guilty to two counts of threatening to injure a state official.

The Capital of Annapolis reports (http://bit.ly/1ixoOv1) that authorities began investigating Mitchell after an informant said he tried to buy a rifle to kill District Court Judge Danielle Mosley, who was presiding over a theft case against him.

Prosecutors say investigators found Facebook postings in which Mitchell allegedly discussed killing Mosley and Ferrell wrote about killing Circuit Court Judge Michele Jaklitsch. Ferrell was facing a charge of probation violation before Jaklitsch.

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Information from: The Capital of Annapolis, Md., http://capitalgazette.com


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