Texas prison inmate sentenced to federal prison for threats

01/17/2014 12:20 PM

01/17/2014 12:22 PM

A Texas prison inmate who identifies himself as a member of the Aryan Brotherhood was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in federal prison on Friday for sending threatening letters to law enforcement officials.

Jesse Brister, alias Bozo, pleaded guilty in September to one count of mailing threatening communications, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater in Dallas.

Brister, 28, wrote letters in March that suggested that if the federal government did not drop charges against other members of the Brotherhood, bombs would be hidden in the vehicles of federal law enforcement officers.

“Our demands are simple,” one of Brister’s letters said. “You have apprehended members of our family: Big Terry, Jive, Baby Huey, and others in the Dallas/Ft. Worth region. ... If your federal government does not drop the current charges on these ABT members my circle/family will start with the DA’s not involved in these cases. ... We have a list of names Judges included.”

About 10 days after Brister wrote his first letter, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were gunned down on March 30 in what appeared at first to be an assassination, the release said. Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse had been killed on Jan. 31.

Brister was interviewed by authorities about the threatening letters. He admitted writing the letters and initially said the Brotherhood was involved in the Kaufman County killings. But he ultimately denied he or the gang was involved.

A former Kaufman County justice of the peace has since been charged with killing Hasse and the McLellands.

At the time of Brister’s letters, federal officials were seeking a racketeering indictment against members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, the news release said.

The news release did not say what Brister is in state prison for, how many years he has left to serve there or when he will start to serve his federal sentence.

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