Massachusetts man accused of threatening West Virginia judge

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A Massachusetts man has been indicted for allegedly threatening a West Virginia judge. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart in Charleston said a federal grand jury indicted Keith Lessard of Uxbridge, Massachusetts, on charges of mailing threatening communications to a circuit judge in Kanawha County.

According to the indictment, the 40-year-old Lessard allegedly tried to extort money when he threatened the judge’s reputation by claiming she engaged in misconduct while an assistant prosecutor in a 2010 case against Lessard. It’s not immediately known whether Lessard has an attorney who can comment on the charge.

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